BULAWAYO councillors want the local authority to record houses where refuse is not being collected so that occupants will be prosecuted for illegal dumping.
Councillors expressed concern over the increase of illegal dumpsites and said prosecuting the offenders is the only solution, according to the latest Bulawayo City Council (BCC) minutes.
According to the BCC report of the Health, Housing and Education committee, illegal dumpsites across the city are providing a conducive environment for mosquito breeding and spread of diseases.
“Councillor Rodney Donavan Jele was concerned about illegal refuse scattered all over the city.
“This was now providing a conducive environment for mosquito breeding and spread of diseases.
Councillor Mlandu Ncube noted that some of the illegally dumped refuse was washed away by rains into storm drains, causing blockages, reads part of the council’s recent monthly report.
“Councillor Reuben Matengu’s view was that haulage supervisors should record all houses where refuse was not collected.
“The list would then be submitted to the relevant department for action as appropriate.
“This would assist in the tracing of refuse dumped at illegal places.”