Left: An illegal dumping site near the Village Mall (Extension 2). Among the rubbish were medicine boxes with names on them.
Hartbeespoort residents have had enough of people illegally dumping their garden and household rubbish on open areas around the town.
“We are tired of having our beautiful area destroyed by people who obviously don’t care about the environment or other people. I suggest a Name and Shame project to embarrass these people, if they can be embarrassed,” said Törsten Fjastadt one of many residents who have lately caught people dumping their rubbish in Rietfontein.
He is one of a growing number of residents who are now confronting people when they see illegal dumping. “When I approached the man he told me rudely that it was a dumping site,” Törsten said. “I kept on taking photographs and after a while the man told his workers to pick up the rubbish again and they drove off with it.
Other residents also reported dumping to Kormorant this week and it was disconcerting to see how shamelessly refuse is being offloaded next to roads, in plain view for all to see.
In Meerhof a rubbish heap is growing next to the railway line and across the road from Village Mall, the veld already looks like a rubbish dump.
Even in Schoemansville in Cassien Street, residents are getting rid of their waste and garden refuse by dumping it on a sidewalk.
“People don’t even seem to mind that everyone knows who they are. Prescription medicine, mail etc among the rubbish easily identify them,” one of the concerned residents said.
Kormorant already have a number of names and addresses we found at the illegal dumpsites.
“I suggest the community in conjunction with the Kormorant start a Community Rubbish Exposure project,” a resident said. “Name and shame them. That is the only way to address this.”