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Illegal Dumping: Despite steep fines, people keep on dumping...

Illegal Dumping: Despite steep fines, people keep on dumping…

 

Cape Town is dirty. The amount of rubbish that lands on the streets and flies around everywhere; the plastic bags caught in fencing, antennas, gates and on top of roofs; pavements are littered with glass shards and stompies.

 

People in Cape Town dump their waste straight on the street, even though littering is illegal and there’s a high fine looming.

 

On top of it, the wind distributes everything that was not securely disposed off everywhere. And not evenly, because it all gets caught in our entrance corners.

 

Because the wind also transports dust, sand, seeds and other more or less biodegradable material, this rubbish compacts into layers of hard soil, raising the ground level bit by bit.

 

So what can be done about this?

 

Make your Bin Day your weekly MOOP Swoop Day

 

MOOP defines perfectly what should be swooped up: Matter Out Of Place.

 

Everything that wasn’t here before us humans spoilt it all must go Leaving No Trace. This burning principle can easily be applied to everyday life, and Bin Day is just the perfect occasion: We never fill up our bin, so before it gets collected we fill it with whatever rubbish is flying around.

 

It is slow going and it can get frustrating especially after the South Easter has buried us in a heap of rubbish, but it feels good to contribute to our community and make it nice for everyone.

 

This was a sh*t load of work, but the result is worth it.

This was a sh*t load of work, but the result is worth it.

 

And doing good is one step closer to receiving good. You never know what positive impact your actions can have.

 

Finally getting to the ground of all that rubbish reveals some interesting heritage: A stoep in front of our back door.

Clearing the ground from all that rubbish reveals some interesting heritage: A stoep in front of our back door and some old service lane path maybe?

 

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