Uncollected waste poses health hazard to people in eMbalenhle

Illegal dumping sites are spreading throughout eMbalenhle.

Residents of eMbalenhle are living under serious environmental health hazards due to the non collection of refuse in the area.

Since the torching of the eMbalenhle municipal offices and fleet, illegal dumping sites have been mushrooming in almost every corner of the area.

Concerned residents, including environmental monitors, said this poses an environmental health hazard to the community.

They said this affects among others the most vulnerable, namely children, who play on those dumps and expose themselves to immediate danger of being injured by broken bottles as well as medical waste that are dumped.

Mr Patrick Duma, activist and environment monitor, said what makes matters worse is when the waste is burned, because they cause environment and health problems and air pollution.

“The most dangerous pollutants are those that are categorised by the World Health Organisation as persistent organic pollutants.

“These do not dissolve in the air which means they exist forever and have the potential to be passed on biologically.”

Mr Duma said he and his team are contemplating a project to remove the waste. He said it will however require the municipality to buy into the project for it to be a success.

 

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Sifiso Mathebula
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