Heaps of refuse at an illegal dump site on Onwuka street, behind MTN office, Asaba, have been evacuated by the Delta State Waste Management Board.
The place has been cordoned off, with a fine of N100,000 awaiting anyone caught dumping refuse at the prohibited location.
The Chairman of the Board,.Honourable Emmanuel Chinye, told newsmen that the dump site was one of the illegal ones the Board was determined to get rid of in the current quest to give the state capital a face – lift.
Honourable Chinye said the era of indiscriminately dumping refuse on the streets and in every available undeveloped plot of land was over with the Private Sector Participants zoned to every part of the state, particularly the pilot local government areas, to pick waste from residential apartments and business premises to approved dump sites.
He stated that every resident of Delta state was bound to be captured in the PSP register, stressing that it was an offence punishable by law for anyone to refuse to be registered.
The Waste Management Board Chairman maintained that illegal dump sites could only be found where residents refused to key into the PSP project, as such persons had no other option than to dump their refuse at unauthorized places, only to litter and deface the streets.
Honourable Chinye said after evacuating the waste at the Onwuka street illegal dump site, the Board, in conjunction with the PSP covering the area, embarked on a sensitization campaign to get non registered clients to key in to avoid further dumping of refuse at the cleared site.
He said sensitization of residents would continue until illegal dump sites were totally out of fashion in the state.