Dumped bottles fill 13 bakkie loads
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The field, where the Apies and Walker Spruit rivers cross in Pretorius Street, was eventually cleaned up on Monday.
The bottles were taken to be recycled.
“We were amazed as the bottles filled 13 bakkie loads,” said Arcadia City Improvement District manager Catherine Keyworth.
The field had become unsightly until members of the district took matters into their own hands. The bottles had been kept there by a hoarder, a man, and were strewn across the field.
Keyworth said they had noticed that bottles were being dumped there.
They repeatedly asked the man who was responsible to remove them, but he refused.
“Through consultation with the person, he acknowledged he did not have permission to dump the bottles.
"We cautioned him and told him we would have to remove the bottles if he did not as it was unsightly and unsafe,” she said.
The Arcadia City Improvement District is a non-profit company that receives money from property owners to help create a clean and safe environment.
Their mandate is to collect litter on the pavements and gutters daily, and remove stickers, illegal posters and weeds and grass.
They also clean up drains and report defects, and remove dumped litter or trash from these areas.
They have a responsibility to clean vacant land such as Apies River and adjacent parks.
“We want to improve the inner city spaces; we want clean and safe spaces for our citizens. We often clean up spaces, but sometimes it is overwhelming as some spaces have too much litter,” Keyworth said.
Their aim was to make a difference, and that it was a concern that many of the open spaces were used for illegal dumping.
“We make an effort to clear open spaces whenever possible to create a clean and safe environment in Arcadia,” she said.