Piet Retief Dump Site
Piet Retief Dump Site

Yet again another Piet Retief Dump Site has been identified in our local wetlands. Are people losing pride in our town’s natural beauty?

On 4 December 2015, Excelsior News published an article on rubbish being dumped in our local wetlands. Residents noticed that the wetlands in Muller Street was now being used as a dump site. The Municipality of Mkhondo was contacted in this regard. The Municipality was quick to react and immediately started resolving the problem. Just two days after the complaint was lodged there were refuge trucks and workers clearing away the rubbish.

After they cleaned up the place they placed signs and also dug a trench to try and prevent more littering there. Now the question remains if our residents just don’t care about our wetlands anymore? Just months after the problem was noticed and rectified, yet another dump site has been noticed. Moving just up the stream the dump site is now in Smit Street. The new “dump site” is located just below the bridge crossing over the wetlands.

Yet again, although the Municipality of Mkhondo will have to clean up and solve the problem, they are not to be held responsible as it is our residents who are responsible for this mess. The Municipality collects and disposes of refuse on a weekly basis. All we as residents need to do, is to place our refuse bags outside our homes to be collected. The community urges people to please use the correct means to dispose of their rubbish, by placing it outside to be collected or even to drop it of at our local landfill site. By dumping refuse in our wetlands we are not only destroying the image of our town, but also destroying our precious wetlands.

The dump site on the other side of the bridge
The dump site on the other side of the bridge