Shame of lit­ter in our canal

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY LEWIS news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

THE state of the Aber­dare Canal has been high­lighted once again as pic­tures have come to light of the wa­ter­way com­pletely blocked by lit­ter.

A RES­I­DENT has told of rub­bish con­stantly block­ing the Aber­dare Canal amid wider con­cerns of lit­ter across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

A num­ber of Rhondda Cynon Taff res­i­dents have cap­tured pic­tures which show over­flow­ing bins and a canal blocked by rub­bish as they aim to high­light prob­lems with lit­ter.

John Wil­liams spot­ted rub­bish block­ing the Aber­dare Canal and said he con­stantly has to pick up dis­carded cans and bot­tles.

He said he would like to see more lit­ter pick­ers and that, al­though bins have been in­stalled, lit­ter­ing is still go­ing on and the cul­prits should be fined.

Jane Grif­fiths spot­ted an over­flow­ing bin in Ton­teg.

She said: “I un­der­stand fully the is­sue with dogs’ mess but not emp­ty­ing the bins does not en­cour­age peo­ple to re­move their waste. It’s one thing giv­ing dog own­ers fines but per­haps the fines should be used to fund emp­ty­ing the bins.”

A spokesper­son for Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil said: “Lit­ter and fly­tip­ping con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem across our county bor­ough, but it is one that we take very se­ri­ously and pros­e­cute of­fend­ers when­ever pos­si­ble.

“We have a ded­i­cated En­force­ment Team which car­ries out reg­u­lar pa­trols.

“We also rely on the pub­lic to re­port lit­ter and fly-tip­ping of­fences to us on­line or via our so­cial me­dia ac­counts.”

From April 2017 to the end of Fe­bru­ary 2018, the coun­cil has is­sued the fol­low­ing num­bers of fixed penalty no­tices: Trade waste: 21 Do­mes­tic waste: 415 Dog foul­ing: 145 Lit­ter (in­clud­ing car lit­ter): 1,783

The spokesper­son added: “The coun­cil has also suc­cess­fully brought about 11 pros­e­cu­tions in re­la­tion to fly-tip­ping across the county bor­ough in the same time pe­riod, re­sult­ing in over £7,000 of fines and pros­e­cu­tion costs.

“There is no ex­cuse for such be­hav­iour and it will not be tol­er­ated as the coun­cil of­fers kerb­side refuse and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions, as well as the col­lec­tion of bulky items.

“De­tails of all our col­lec­tion ser­vices can be found at www.rctcbc.gov. uk

“Any­one wish­ing to re­port lit­ter or fly-tip­ping is ad­vised not to touch it, but to con­tact the coun­cil im­me­di­ately and we will deal with it in a con­trolled man­ner.

“Please do not dis­turb the site, as it may con­tain ev­i­dence which could lead to a pros­e­cu­tion.”

JOHN WIL­LIAMS

Rub­bish in the Aber­dare Canal

JANE GRIF­FITHS

An over­flow­ing bin in Ton­teg

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