An concerned about meeting their daily basic needs rather

An
Australian study conducted by North Sydney Environmental Protection Authority
(2015:1) highlight the issue of illegal dumping as an increasing concern in
North Sydney since 2004. The report states that household waste is the most
common refusel disposed on  illegal
dumping sites. Of particular interest was that illegal dumping cannot be confined
to any particular demographic. It concluded that any human being is capable of
dumping waste. According to this study dumping behaviour is not associated with
level of education or income. This remains a very interesting factor because of
the questions that could not be explored with eSkotshi village study. If it was
not for other limitations it would have been worthwhile to compare dumping
behaviours in urbanised sections of the Ethekwini municipality to rural, formerly
advantaged areas where the services of waste collection never existed prior to
democracy.

There
are at least two studies conducted in  Ethekwini municipality on illegal dumping. The
study by (Abel, 2009) focused on perceptions of illegal dumping. Amongst the
findings is that people have a general belief that it is the duty of the
government to clean after them Abel, (2009:5) therefore littering is not a
problem. The same study  focussed on
waste building rubble stored piled by 
private owners to extend their slope. The said rubble on steep slopes
end up blocking storm water drainage, sewer and contaminates nature.

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Ngeleka
(2010:91) presents some finding and recommendations of a study conducted in
Clermont KZN, thus highlighting that environmental problems like solid waste
management enjoy low priority in the community. According to Ngeleka (2010),  observations have shown that there is illegal
dumping in Clermont, people are more concerned about meeting their daily basic
needs rather than worrying about the surrounding environment and its immediate
problems. There are various reasons stated by people for practising illegal
dumping. These types of conclusions leaves a lot to be desired in as far as
analysis of driving forces behind illegal dumping are concerned. The results of
the Nacelle study are thought provoking in terms of how much effort is put into
awareness of environmental care and correct methods of waste disposal by local
authorities.

The
draft Integrated Waste Management Strategy (2016) for Ethekwini municipality
speak to the issue of illegal dumping. It highlights the causes to be about:
Poor waste removal services within a specific area,  Lack of convenient disposal sites;  Lack of public awareness on the issue
(http://www.durban.gov.za). This proves that the municipality is aware of the
illegal dumping problem. Nevertheless, Ethekwini Municipality is the relevant
authority for waste management in the area of study. The municipality has a
dedicated function called Solid Waste Management.

 

Conclusion

Illegal
dumping remains a challenge in this municipality. This study will then
contribute to at least mapping of the areas that are affected by illegal
dumping within the municipality. The study will also make a contribution to
understanding reasons for dumping where there is a waste collection service.
The service is rendered once a week. It is not known why residence opt to dump
their refuse on an undesignated site. The hierarchy of waste management will be
chosen as the theoretical framework. It will help understand waste disposal
methods employed by the residents. The hierarchy will be useful in learning
about favoured household waste methods.