Com­mu­nal bin prob­lems

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY LEWIS an­thony.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

PROB­LEMS with com­mu­nal bin col­lec­tion ar­eas are mount­ing for Rhondda Cynon Taff coun­cil. Some be­lieve a ‘stick ap­proach’ is now needed to ad­dress the is­sue.

COUN­CIL of­fi­cials in Rhondda Cynon Taff have high­lighted the grow­ing prob­lem with com­mu­nal bin col­lec­tion ar­eas.

A pre­sen­ta­tion given to mem­bers of the coun­cil’s pub­lic ser­vice de­liv­ery, com­mu­ni­ties and pros­per­ity scru­tiny com­mit­tee re­vealed that it is one of the big­gest prob­lems fac­ing the coun­cil when it comes to waste col­lec­tion.

Com­mu­nal bin col­lec­tion points are pieces of land not man­aged by the coun­cil but where there is an agree­ment in place to pick up waste from sev­eral prop­er­ties.

They are of­ten present at the end of lanes, on shared pri­vate drive­ways and at so­cial hous­ing.

Nigel Wheeler, di­rec­tor of high­ways and street­care at the coun­cil, said bins were “one of the most emo­tive” is­sues.

Coun­cil­lors heard that there has been more of a prob­lem since the coun­cil in­tro­duced its one wheelie bin or two black bags limit and that the costs of deal­ing with it are mount­ing up.

One area in Rhy­dyfe­lin costs in ex­cess of £500 to clear up.

The main is­sues with com­mu­nal bin col­lec­tion points that of­fi­cers cited in­cluded: lack of own­er­ship; dif­fi­culty in iden­ti­fy­ing those re­spons­bile for con­tam­i­nated re­cy­cling; they be­come mag­nets for fly-tip­ping; health and safety is­sues; pests; and en­force­ment be­comes al­most im­pos­si­ble.

An­other key con­cern is the loss of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial which is not good for coun­cil re­cy­cling tar­gets.

Coun­cil­lors were shown ex­am­ples of the prob­lems at com­mu­nal bin col­lec­tion points which in­cluded sites in Rhy­dyfe­lin, Trallwn, Ed­mon­stown, Tony­pandy, Abera­man and Hen­drefor­gan.

Of­fi­cers want to set up a work­ing party to try and tackle the is­sue and said they need elected mem­bers to get in­volved be­cause of their lo­cal knowl­edge and the fact that they may have to take some un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sions.

The coun­cil is look­ing into cre­at­ing ser­vice level agree­ments (SLAs) with big land­lords be­cause they haven’t shown any re­spon­si­bil­ity for the prob­lem which of­fi­cers say is ev­ery­body’s prob­lem and that they have to work to­gether on it.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Coun­cil­lor Steven Brad­wick, Labour mem­ber for Aber­dare East, said a work­ing group would be re­ally good and that the coun­cil could be one of the first in Wales to prop­erly tackle this is­sue.

Coun­cil­lor Gareth Hughes, Labour mem­ber for Tony­pandy, said: “So­cial land­lords need to step up. They are not look­ing af­ter their res­i­dents.”

Mr Wheeler said the coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing fines for land­lords.

He said: “If they won’t work with us the only way we are go­ing to hurt them is to hit them in the pocket.”

Coun­cil­lor Danny Gre­han, Plaid Cymru mem­ber for Tonyre­fail East, said of those caus­ing the prob­lems that the coun­cil needs to try and in­form them about how to dis­pose of their waste prop­erly.

He said: “We need to find out who these peo­ple are. It is go­ing to need a lot of re­sources.”

He sug­gested the use of CCTV or sur­veil­lance to help with this but added that hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to work with the coun­cil.

Talk­ing about the car­rot and stick ap­proach, Mr Wheeler said: “The car­rot has gone.

“We got to a point where we can’t do any more aware­ness.

“The stick is the thing we need.”

Coun­cil of­fi­cials have high­lighted the prob­lem with com­mu­nal bin col­lec­tion ar­eas across the bor­ough

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