Cape Town Launches MASSIVE Clean Up Campaign!!!
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We need to change the culture of littering and dumping but it will take effort from all of us… we will all need to clean up our country!

 

Western Cape, South Africa (01 September 2022) – With the arrival of Spring today, a campaign to ‘spring clean’ Cape Town has been launched by Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Mayco Member for Urban Waste Alderman Grant Twigg.

The city is adding 300 more boots on the ground to clean Cape Town, with a call for residents to get involved in community clean-ups. A 24-hour toll-free hotline has also been created for residents to report tip-offs about illegal dumping activity and other by-law infringements. Potential rewards are available from R1,000 up to R5,000 in the case of an arrest or conviction.

Residents are being asked to get involved by organising a clean-up where it matters most to them, with the aim of getting Cape Town looking sparkling clean and fresh this Spring, including our parks, public spaces, beaches, rivers, and roads.

“We can change the culture of litter and dumping in Cape Town, but it will take effort from all of us. Change is easy: first, none of us should ever litter! Then, each of us can tell someone to stop littering or pick up their litter when we see them doing it. And each of us can take a few seconds to pick up some litter ourselves. We are calling on residents, schools, businesses, and community groups to join the #SpringCleanCT campaign.

“Let’s take pride in our city and show what’s possible when we unite as Team Cape Town. This Spring, the city is adding a crew of 300 to its area cleaning workforce to target major routes and littering hotspots. Law enforcement officials will also be stepping up enforcement against illegal dumping and issuing of fines for littering,” said Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

Those interested in joining a clean-up can get in touch with their local sub-council and local councillors or check for clean-up groups in your area. Community organisations and ward councillors have organised over 110 clean-ups since the Mayor launched the Keep Cape Town Clean initiative earlier this year.

Report Illegal Dumping

Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayco Member for Urban Waste Management said: “We have created a 24-hour toll-free number to report tip-offs about illegal dumping activity. If you see illegal dumping, take down the vehicle license plate number and report them to us. They could be fined up to R5,000, have their vehicle impounded, or face a two-year prison sentence. For every fine and conviction, the city is offering a reward from R1,000 up to R5,000.”

The public can use the below contact details to communicate with the city about illegal dumping in their area:

  • 24-Hour toll-free Tip-off line: 0800 110077
  • Email: solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za.
  • To notify the city about dumping that needs to be cleared, please call 0860 103 089.

Sources: City of Cape Town 
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