Notice served to clear waste

Some of the waste found at a Durbanville smallholding.

The City has given the owner of a Durbanville smallholding until the end of the month to clear the property of hazardous waste.

The City served notice on the owner after inspectors, acting on a tip-off, found building rubble, used shipping oil, rubbish and other objectionable material on the Bottelary Road property.

Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for area north, said waste build-up of this nature posed a threat to the environment and people’s health.

“We have more than enough drop-off sites where waste can be discarded and there are also regulations in place for the disposal of potentially harmful materials.

“I would like to thank the whistle-blower in this case for coming forward. It’s an example of how the public can work with the City and other governmental agencies to create a safer environment for all.”

Ms Little said the owner could be fined up to R1 500 for not complying and could face further legal action.

“However, all indications are that the property owner has already started clearing the site in the wake of notice served,” said Ms Little.