A major crackdown by the City of Cape Town has litterers on notice. Six months since the introduction of the integrated waste management by-law‚ authorities have already collected more than R1m in fines, and have impounded close to 70 cars. "We can see a small improvement in the aesthetics of the communities where we have contained the dumping. But the real results are when we look at the length of the queues at the waste disposal sites and see that the volume has increased quite a bit‚" JP Smith‚ mayoral committee member for safety and security‚ said. The change came after the city spent well over its planned budget for clean-up‚ giving authorities the ability to swiftly punish illegal dumpers. Police may now impound the vehicle of those caught illegally dumping. "Look, if dumpers can say: ‘If I get caught once in every hundred times that I dump and only pay a R500 fine, then there is not a real consequence.’ There must be a substantial opportunity cost and we found exactly that wi...

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