Rubbish Piles Up in Port Elizabeth

Residents, municipality play the blame game

By Joseph Chirume

Rubbish is piling up in Port Elizabeth streets, with residents blaming the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the city council blaming the residents.

Some residents are dumping waste at dump sites but others say they are dumping their garbage on street corners because they don't have wheelie bins or plastic bags.

Luxolo Namette, a law enforcement officer with the municipality, said the municipal department of waste management had run a road show last year to educate people about the dumping by-laws.

“It seems our effort is fruitless because rubbish is accumulating everywhere."

But Motherwell resident, Thobile Cingani , 60, put the blame on the municipality.

“There is no collection of rubbish and residents have no option but to dump their dirt everywhere," he said.