eThekwini fines a fast food franchise for illegal dumping of waste

File Picture: The eThekwini Municipality has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks due to trash piling up on the city streets. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo African News Agency (ANA)

File Picture: The eThekwini Municipality has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks due to trash piling up on the city streets. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo African News Agency (ANA)

Published Nov 9, 2022

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Durban – A prominent fast food chicken outlet has been fined R5 000 by the eThekwini Municipality for illegal dumping.

“EThekwini municipality has slapped a well known food outlet with an amount of R5 000 fine for illegal dumping, they were caught red handed by Metro Police and were fined in line with the nuisance and behaviour in public by-law,” said the municipality.

“The city has a zero tolerance stance on illegal dumping. Those found dumping illegally will be fined.

“The public is requested to report illegal dumping taking place in their communities. The city would like to advise all businesses t follow proper waste management practices and avoid illegal dumping,” said the municipality.

City residents took to the city’s Facebook page to call on it to deal decisively with illegal dumping.

One said: “Toothless threats. Enforce the by-laws and don’t make exceptions.

“Let the communities know how to differentiate between illegal dumping, disposal of waste carelessly and filling of land.

Another said that in ward 2 Amaoti, big bins that were provided by DSW were removed.

“I’m very concerned because that may lead to health risks.”

Meanwhile the Msunduzi Municipality in Pietermaritzburg has also urged residents to stop illegal dumping and littering.

“We plead with the residents to please stop illegal dumping, stop littering from your cars by throwing papers out of your windows, and also stop saying you are creating employment by dumping waste.

“Show care for your city, then you will realise the beauty of this city. Waste management is not just the responsibility of the municipality but the entire city,” said the municipality.

THE MERCURY

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