Report considers how Council responds to concerns about bins blocking pavements

Date: 28/06/2019
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A report that will be presented to Gwynedd Council’s Communities Scrutiny Committee next week considers a range of possible options to make it as easy as possible for residents to make the best use of waste and recycling collections and to tackle specific problems.  

This follows concerns raised in some communities about waste bins and recycling boxes being left out on the street obstructing pavements. In some areas, bins left out have been a cause of concern in particular to parents with prams and disabled people who have to step out into the highway due to bins blocking pavements.

The investigation carried out by a working group of councillors also looked in detail at recyclable items being thrown in the household waste bin and incorrect items being placed with the recycling collection.

The report that will be presented to the Council’s Communities Scrutiny Committee notes a range of steps that can be taken to tackle the main problems.

Councillor Stephen Churchman, who chaired the scrutiny investigation said: “We have looked in detail at the issues around waste collection and visited communities throughout the county. Our work has also considered how the Council can make it as easy as possible for Gwynedd residents to make the most of the range of waste and recycling services on-offer.

“Whilst our initial remit was to consider whether enforcement action may be required for persistent and serious offenders, we wanted to go beyond that and to look at a number of locations where regular problems occur. We took the opportunity to consider what can be done to educate those who don’t currently make the best use of the collection services.

“In reality there is little excuse for not using the service correctly, and we feel that whilst enforcement action may be required in some instances, our recommendation is that it should be used as a last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted, and to work with residents and businesses to overcome any problems.

“The ultimate aim has been to find solutions and seek improvements to the problems posed, to improve the service for residents and only take action as a last resort in order to make Gwynedd a more pleasant and tidier place to live.”

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal services “I’m extremely grateful to the councillors, officers and representatives from partner organisations who have contributed to this important piece of work.

“I’m pleased that the investigation recognises the significant efforts made by a large proportion of the Gwynedd population as well as dedicated members of staff.

“I look forward to considering the recommendations made and discussing the findings with members of the Scrutiny Committee before the matter is presented to the Council’s Cabinet for a decision in the coming months.”

The recommendations will be considered by the Council’s Communities Scrutiny Committee on 4 July. If the committee supports the recommendations, it is expected that the recommendations will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet for a decision in September.

PHOTOGRAPH: Concerns were raised about bins and recycling boxes being left out on the street blocking pavements