MONSTERLUS – Following the harrowing sight of illegal dumping in Monsterlus outside Groblersdal, Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) has expressed concerns that despite its efforts to ensure waste management service to its communities, some continue to dump at sites not allocated for dumping.
Simon Makua, EMLM spokesperson, said waste management was one of the core service delivery functions of the local municipality.
Makua said the local municipality rendered an effective refuse removal service to 1164 households weekly in Motetema, Hlogotlou, Groblersdal and Roosenekal.
“The municipality has two completed landfill sites in Groblersdal and Roosenekal and a transfer station in Hlogotlou. Members of the public are requested to dump waste at Hlogotlou transfer station not outside, said Makua.
This, after the papers article last week about concerns that are mounting among responsible members of the community on the rampant illegal dumping outside a designated dumping site in Monsterlus outside Groblersdal within the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality.
The terrible sight of baby diapers and other form of waste material presents itself just metres away from the areas’ main road.
Domestic animals such as cattle are feasting on the diapers and waste illegally dumped there instead of at the designated site to do so.
The animals’ health stand posed to a serious risk due to unruly elements in the community who dump waste just about anywhere.
However, some community members are putting the blame on Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality accusing the local municipality of failing to manage the dumping facility there.
Members of the community claim it is the fault of the local municipality and incompetence which resulted in the sorry state of affairs.
They further claim that the dumping site in Groblersdal was properly managed and taken care of more than the one in Monsterlus.
Seun Mogotji, a community leader, advised that proper management, rehabilitation and recycling of waste material would go a long way in saving the environment and indeed the planet.
The paper has previously covered stories about people’s irresponsible act of dumping illegally, harming the environment and putting their lives and those of animals at risk.
Several environmental campaigns have been held in various parts of the district to caution people against illegal dumping and create awareness on its dangers.
However, the practice is increasingly becoming a nightmare, rearing its ugly head in many communities across the district.