The Langeberg Municipality, together with Ward Committee members, recently launched a Community Clean-up Day Project, with Robertson as their pilot town. The project brings the community of a particular area together to help clean, repair and improve its public spaces and also informs the community on the impact of illegal dumping.
Ms. Busisiwe Dlangamandla (DEA Youth Environmental Coordinator) said that waste dumped on unauthorized spaces in and around residential areas is serious problem and that they wanted to do something that would not only clean up the area, but would also get the community involved.
“These types of projects are of vital importance, not only to the environment, but also to our health. Illegal dumping holds a major health risk, as children play amongst the rubble that is dumped around their play areas, resulting in children getting sick. Communities need to take responsibility for their own community and realise that a cleaner community is a healthier community”, said Dlangamandla.
Each Wednesday an awareness campaign (street engagements) is held in a specific community, where they are informed of the negative impact that littering has on our environment. The community is then invited to take part in the Friday’s Community Clean-up Day, which starts at 10h00.
Ward Committee member, Ferdinand van Wyk, said: “The idea of the Community Clean-Up Day came to us during a ward committee meeting where we discussed illegal dumping. We must preserve nature and our living areas for the children and cannot wait until our communities are ruined before we take action.”
The project aims to improve knowledge of and respect for the environment through active engagement. The long term goal is to roll the project out to other towns. For each week that the project ran, more than 20 community members got involved and ensured that their neighborhood was litter free.
To start you own project, or to gain more information regarding the community clean-up project, please contact:
Mr. Glen Slingers (Manager: Solid Waste Management)
- 023 616 8000
Ms. Busisiwe Dlangamandla
- 064 228 9301