Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato sharpens focus on illegal dumping



11 FEBRUARY 2021




Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato sharpens focus on illegal dumping


Mayor Dan Plato today jumpstarted his 2021 community clean-up campaign, in Hout Bay, with a focus on awareness against illegal dumping, which included the establishment of signage in key locations as one of the measures employed to discourage illegal dumping and littering. Read more below:


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The ‘Keep Cape Town Clean’ campaign continues from last year’s drive to encourage communities to help keep their respective neighbourhoods clean.


‘Part of the new strategy is to place these signs at high traffic locations to promote the responsible disposal of refuse. It is part of an overall strategy to uplift and improve the appearance of communities in a simple, but meaningful way; to take pride in the areas we live in. It is clear that we need to continue driving the message of awareness. The signs we are putting up are part of this effort to remind people that illegal dumping harms the environment and neighbourhoods. Disposing of items responsibly will have a positive effect on the environment and also the health of the individual residents,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.


‘Efforts to clear illegal dumping are underway throughout the year, city-wide. With around 2900 dumping hotspots, it is simply not possible to visit the same location each day. The only way in which a meaningful change can happen is for residents and the City to work together. We all deserve to live and work in clean, tidy environments,’ added Mayor Dan Plato.


The signs include details of locations of drop-off sites, the operating hours and the type of waste that are accepted at these sites. It is hoped that the availability of this information will have a noticeable impact and also encourage the greater adoption of recycling.


‘The City’s drop-off facilities accept a range of waste types, and the City seeks to make them as user-friendly as possible. Residents and small businesses may drop off loads of up to 1.5 tons, free of charge, and the different waste types are received and stored temporarily at different spaces within the facilities. Unfortunately, materials that are accepted at the drop-offs – including builders rubble, tyres, garage waste and recyclables – are all too often present in the dumping hotspots cleared by the Cleansing teams.


‘Recyclables are also often bulky and take up unnecessary space in wheelie bins. Residents are encouraged to start separating these materials from their household waste stream – they will likely be amazed at how small the amount of kitchen waste is by comparison,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.


The City is working hard to resolve the challenges that are leading to delays in refuse collection.  For more information visit


The national lockdown initially saw a significant reduction in litter, but as day-to-day life once again resumed we saw a noticeable increase in illegal dumping in various communities. The overall clean-up campaign is another element of the City’s drive to enhance service delivery for the benefit of communities. We hope to inspire residents to do their part too. Being of service to our communities is what the City of Cape Town is about and we want to show residents what we can achieve when we all work together.


Illegal dumping is harmful and against the law. Penalties for illegal dumping can be in excess of R20 000, including a R5 000 fine issued for dumping, as well as the confiscation of the vehicle used in illegal dumping. A release fee will be charged, over-and-above the fine issued for dumping. To report illegal dumping, please call 0860 103 089.


We call on our residents to come out and support the campaign. #KeepCapeTownClean!





Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

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