Council to roll out black waste bins in town centre
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:18 02 September 2013
BLACK bins will be provided to more homes in Weston town centre in the latest bid to tackle piles of rotting waste left on street corners.
The Mercury revealed last month how rubbish bags were being dumped on the town centre’s streets daily, forcing North Somerset Council contractors to spend hours every day picking up tonnes of excess waste.
The authority pledged to beat the problem and reported a downward trend in the amount of rubbish since it began an awareness campaign and started threatening fines.
Now the council says its good work is still paying off and that the next step is to provide bins to as many properties as possible.
Town centre waste manager Colin Russell said: “Today and tomorrow we are going to go around and see which properties can have a normal waste bin rather than black bags.
“We are looking to move away from black bag collections.
“We are going to scope out the area and see where we can put bins in, where there is space off the street.”
On Tuesday the authority gathered evidence about seven offenders and issued them notices about potential fines.
Mr Russell said the authority has still not gone as far as issuing penalties, suggesting there are no repeat offenders.
He added: “I am pleased with the current trends and I am pleased with the way the majority of people have engaged with what we have been doing.
“There is less rubbish out on the streets now than before and I am sure it is a direct result of what we are doing.
“People are a lot more aware of what we are doing.
“The information I am getting is that there is an improvement.”