By Confidente Reporter
THE Swakopmund municipality has warned its residents against illegal dumping of waste on open spaces as well as unoccupied premises.
The warning, according to the municipality is in line with the provision of The Waste Management Regulation: Local Authority Act, 1992, “prohibition of dumping”.
The Act reads, “A person may not dump or deposit waste on any premises unless authorized for that purpose in writing by the council and subject to any conditions which may be imposed by the council.”
According to the municipality, persons or parties that fail to comply with the regulation are guilty of an offence and will be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, in an effort to keep the coastal town clean, the municipality called on non-profit organizations (NGOs) in Swakpmund to apply for participation in the Project Shine clean-up campaign which is to commence in June.
Project Shine is aimed at cleaning predetermined areas on the exit roads to and from Swakopmund, the Swakopmund river mouth, beaches and open spaces within Swakopmund of littering, especially glass bottles and plastic bags dumped on the side of the roads and in open spaces.
Application forms can be collected at the Swakopmund Municipality, Health Department.
In January, The Namibian daily newspaper reported that a company that works with the Ministry of Environment to clean up the beaches at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay had collected more than 5 000 bags of trash.
The daily at the time reported that the trash was left behind following the festive 2017 holiday season.
The company, MD Business according to the report started the clean-up in December 2017 until early January 2018 with only eight workers.
Rob Davies, a senior official in the ministry of environment was quoted as saying that the littering not only affects the beaches but that the trash also ends up in the sea and the desert.
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