‘Green scorpions’ to tackle illegal dumpers in Centurion

The Tshwane metro’s environmental compliance section, the “green scorpions” are set to tackle illegal dumpers in Centurion.

Hordes of people have for the past year used a piece of land next to the Hennops river bank on Wierda Road as a recyclable waste sortation plant.

Waste collectors are entering these dense bushes in a pathway, just off Wierda Road where they would sort their materials and sell as recycled items.

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The unwanted materials would then become part of the undesired garbage that piles up on a daily basis.

Ward councillor Marika Kruger-Muller said she has received complaints about waste collectors operating in the area.

“Other than the waste collectors, it is concerning to see how Centurion residents use this opportunity to make themselves guilty of illegal dumping,” said Kruger-Muller.

She said the waste collectors did so as a means of survival as their recycled items were sold to put food on the table.

“Residents living in the surrounding residential areas, have no excuse.”

Kruger-Muller said the metro and other role-players had a site inspection two weeks ago.

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She said scarce resources were used to clear the unwanted items discarded by the waste collectors.

Kruger-Muller said a community clean-up operation was underway and that she called on the community to make contact if they wanted to get involved.

She may be contacted via email at [email protected]

Watch the video here:

Ward councillor Marika Kruger-Muller talking to the waste recyclers, John Moyo and John Tlou (back).

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Jason Milford

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