Searching rubbish to trap dumpers

COUNCIL officers will be rifling through bin bags to try to identify who is leaving rogue rubbish lying in Weston town centre. For weeks residents and shop keepers appear to have treated the pavement outside the RSPCA charity shop, on the corner of West S

COUNCIL officers will be rifling through bin bags to try to identify who is leaving rogue rubbish lying in Weston town centre.For weeks residents and shop keepers appear to have treated the pavement outside the RSPCA charity shop, on the corner of West Street and Wadham Street, as a dumping ground for their waste.In an effort to track down the fly tippers, North Somerset Council has sent a team of investigators to rip open the black bags and inspect the contents.The officers are looking for any clues which might point them to the homes of the offenders, such as bills, letters or junk mail.Staff at the RSPCA shop say the rubbish piles up outside their window and over the pavement and puts people off walking past.One member of staff said: "Once one person started chucking bin bags there everyone seemed to think it was perfectly acceptable."We even have cars drive past to drop it off, we've tried ringing the council on several occasions but it hasn't stopped."It puts people off coming in as it would if they were outside any shop."A council spokesman said: "We did a letter drop to addresses in the area to remind people about putting rubbish out, thinking it could just be people putting it out on the wrong day."Now we have involved the environmental protection team which is going through the bags looking for evidence of its source.

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