illegfal dumping


Depositing or discharging waste anywhere other than at designated waste collection facilities is illegal.

Waste that is dumped illegally

  • Harms the environment and kills wild and ocean life.
  • Blocks drains and storm water canals.
  • Can be a health hazard and may cause serious injuries.
  • Is unsightly and detracts from the beauty of the natural environment.

Illegal dumping costs the City of Cape Town in excess of R200 million per year that could be better spent on other services.

Fighting illegal dumping together

  • The City of Cape Town has a specialised team of by-law enforcement officers to clamp down on illegal dumping.
  • Residents can help by being vigilant and reporting any illegal dumping, and by ensuring that they make use of the designated waste collection facilities.

Report illegal dumping by

  • Using the website www.capetown.gov.za then selecting Service Requests or E-Services and following instructions.
  • Sending an e-mail to Wastewise@capetown.gov.za specifying “Illegal Dumping” as the subject, the location of the dumping, and your name and contact details.
  • Calling the City’s Customer Care Line on 0860 103 089 or on 021 400 6157 during office hours


Waste can be deposited in your wheelie-bin issued by the City, or
it can be dropped off at one of the City’s 25 designated drop-off sites.

Using wheelie-bins

  • Place sealed waste in the bin.
  • Do not overfill the bin.
  • Place your bin on the pavement from 06:00.
  • Keep your bin safe. Bins are stolen primarily because of their value.

To receive a new bin, you first need to report the theft to SAPS. Once you have a SAPS case number and your affidavit, contact the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089 or e-mail Wastewise.user@capetown.gov.za and provide the following information:

–         Municipal account number
–         Address
–         Contact name and number
–         SAPS case number and / or copy of affidavit

The bin will be replaced free of charge unless its loss was due to negligence, in which case a tariff will be charged to replace it.


General household or garden waste can be dropped off every day of the week at any of the City’s 25 drop-off sites.

Up to 1.5 tons of non-hazardous waste can be dropped off.  Some sites also provide facilities for recycling of residential special waste like motor oil, cans, cardboard, glass, plastic and electronic waste.

Waste that is not recyclable or reusable is transported to the landfill for disposal.

A charge will be levied for builder’s rubble that weighs more than 1.5 tons.

Local Recycling drop-off sites

  • Ladies Mile Recycling Depot in Constantia
  • Rosmead Avenue Recycling Depot in Wynberg

Refer to www.capetown.gov.za/en/Solidwaste2/Documents/Most_recent_recyclers_database_April2013.pdf for a comprehensive list of recycling depots and collection companies.


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