CAPE TOWN - Many communities in Cape Town have become health hazards.
The City of Cape Town says it spends around R380-million annually to eradicate illegal dumping.
It's now prepared to issue hefty fines as cleaning up the mess is proving too costly.
The city's law enforcement personnel recently received an award for their contribution to the anti-littering and dumping campaign, but many communities are still grappling with dumpsites.
The City of Cape Town said it issued 286 fines and impounded 24 vehicles for illegal dumping during the first six months of the national lockdown.
But many of the issues lie with community members who are failing to comply with the city's regulations.
Bonteheuwel ward councillor Angus McKenzie said, "it's unheard of that people would pay a drug addict R10 to take their bin and go dump their bin on an open piece of land."
Under the city's Anti-littering and Dumping Campaign, first-time offenders face fines of up to R8,700 with those breaking the law for the third time receiving a fine of R17,400.
In many instances, perpetrators dump litter at night when law enforcement is less visible.
Privately-owned vacated land is also proving to be a challenge for the city, as owners bear the responsibility to ensure illegal dumping doesn't take place on their property.