MOSSEL BAY NEWS - The days of thoughtlessly dumping waste in the greater Mossel Bay are numbered.
Residents who prefer not to comply with the municipality's often repeated, friendly requests to manage their household waste responsibly may now be facing a considerable fine.
Waste left unattended on sidewalks for days on end because it was disposed of ahead of the scheduled removal may result in a hefty fine.
A municipal by-law with fines for non-compliance was recently approved. Furthermore, fines may also be levied for littering or illegal dumping under the national legislation of the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Illegal littering and dumping are a growing problem with pristine areas in Mossel Bay turning into rubbish dumps.
Neighbours and residents are often overlooked by unscrupulous people when rubbish and garden waste are left to accumulate inside plots or properties, thus becoming a fire or rodent risk, and consequently turning into a health risk.
The residents of Mossel Bay have every reason to be proud of the town's cleanliness and the neat environment, and the municipality spends several million Rands annually on maintaining a healthy environment that is acceptable to all. The few residents who litter and persist with antisocial behaviour or selfishly do not act responsibly with their household and other waste will subsequently have to pay the price.
Residents are kindly, yet urgently, requested to cooperate and to dispose of their waste responsibly.
Funds spent on cleaning up dumped refuse or the careless disposal of household waste can instead be much better used to benefit the entire community.
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