Merebank Residents Association tackles issue of illegal dumping

Illegal dumping has become an eyesore in Merebank.

Residents of Merebank have come out in full support of making their streets, verges and open spaces clean and tidy.

The clean-up call made by the Merebank Residents Association (MRA) to keep the suburb of Merebank clean, comes after unscrupulous residents have been seen throwing their trash including plastic bottles, cans, household appliances, furniture and unwanted building material in parks and open spaces.

The MRA has prioritised three projects for this year. On top of its agenda is the beautification and cleanliness of the suburb and surrounding areas.

As one drives around Merebank, he or she is greeted with ugly and unsightly sites of illegal dumping.

The most common illegal dumping areas are Badulla Drive, Krishna Rabillal Road, Ajmer Road, Raj Mahal Road Park, under Rawlpindi Road Bridge, Dinapur Road Flats, the Merebank Shopping Centre, Gauhati Place and Sambalpur Road.

The MRA has a special sub-committee, whose task is to address this problem.

At a meeting held recently, a special strategy was discussed on how to clean up the community and also to educate the community on how to keep the area clean, by using the dump site on Travencore Drive.

Merebank residents who are using people to remove dirt from your properties in the green DSW bins, beware that this is illegal, and that if you are caught, you will face the strong arm of the law together with them.

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Committee member of MRA, Mike Chetty said every member of the community has a responsibility to ensure a clean and rubbish free environment. To this effect, the MRA will be organising community clean-up operations.

The MRA is asking the public to assist by being vigilant and report illegal dumpers.

All they need is the registration number of the vehicle dumping, the date the incident took place and the area involved.

If possible, a photo or video can be sent to [email protected]

Members of the public are urged not to confront these individuals. Once the community has been educated, the MRA will ask the municipality to issue fines to all people guilty of littering and dumping.

In terms of the city bylaws, a fine up to R5, 000 may be imposed on the guilty party.

A clean and beautiful Merebank is every residents’ business, it starts with you, let us make a difference.

Anyone wanting to be part of the MRA Illegal Sub Committee, can contact Bala Govender on 084-362-1016 or Mike Chetty on 072-037-5169.

  AUTHOR
Nikita Chiniah
Journalist

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