Over 140 000 bags of litter removed from public spaces through #SpringCleanCT campaign

01 Nov 2022 in Where We Govern

Over the past two months, the #SpringCleanCT campaign has made a significant impact in helping to keep areas clean and looking after the well-being of our residents.

Efforts linked to the #SpringCleanCT campaign have resulted in 143 097 bags of general litter and 1656 bags of recycling being removed from illegal dump sites to date.

Also, during this period, 1037 by-law contravention notices have also been issued as part of campaign efforts.

‘We are making good progress but the job is still far from done. Many people still think they can litter and dump with impunity, and it is going to require further sustained efforts to change this.

‘Communities mobilising against dumping and littering remains one of the most effective ways of discouraging these behaviours, so I encourage all those who have participated in the campaign to continue their efforts in this regard. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Working together with communities we can prevent dumping rather than cleaning the same areas over and over again,’ said Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management.

As part of the campaign, the City has launched a 24-hour toll-free number to report tip-offs about illegal dumping activity. Those convicted of illegal dumping could be fined up to R5 000, have their vehicle impounded, or face a two-year prison sentence. In addition, for every report that leads to a fine and conviction, the City is offering a reward from R1000 up to R5000, depending on the offence.

If residents would like to get involved, they are encouraged to arrange a clean-up or sponsor a community clean-up. Be sure to share your efforts on social media with the hashtag #SpringCleanCT so more people are hopefully inspired to take action.

Feel free to include us on:

Twitter: @CityofCT, @Geordinhl, and @GrantTwigg

Facebook: City of Cape Town, Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, and Alderman Grant Twigg

Furthermore residents are encouraged to report illegal dumping tip-offs to our 24-hour toll-free number on 0800 110077