Shame of litter in our canal
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.”
Rubbish in the Aberdare Canal
An overflowing bin in Tonteg