Days are numbered for illegal dumpers – COJ

For too long, illegal dumpers have prospered at the expense of our City and the health of the residents and environment.

Unscrupulous operators would charge anything from R600 to R2 000 for a load of waste to be collected and “taken care of”.

This waste ranges from domestic and garden refuse to building rubble and even toxic waste.

Sadly, the waste is dumped in open velds, parks and even into the river systems which in turn pollutes the environment and contaminates the valuable water resources.

Illegal dumping often takes place quickly. This makes it difficult to trace and apprehend culprits.

Also read: Lenasia residents on a dumping spree.

As a positive step in eradicating illegal dumping in the city, Johannesburg Metro Police Department’s By-law Management Unit (BMU) has initiated a Community Active Programme which encourages residents to be involved in eradicating illegal dumping.

MMC Michael Sun urges residents to take action when they see an illegal dumper in action by taking clear photos showing the culprit, the vehicle with registration number and the waste dumped and send the photos with the date, time and location of the dumping to the dedicated officer at BMU.


“We will, based on the information received, trace and prosecute the illegal dumper,” he said.


Residents are encouraged to send their tip offs to Deputy Director  Zed Mangaliso on Whatsapp or SMS on 082-779-1361. All tip-offs remain anonymous.

Also read: Dumping site woes for community.

Together with our residents’ help, we are certain that we can put illegal dumping in the city to an end.


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