Talk­ing trash to curb fly-tip­pers

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

Fire­fight­ers and coun­cil staff are set to talk rub­bish in a bid to tackle East Kil­bride’s fire-rais­ing and fly-tip­ping prob­lems.

They will be knock­ing on doors as part of their new joint ini­tia­tive en­ti­tled Com­mon Sense.

As well as be­ing un­sightly, rub­bish and fly-tip­ping in com­mon ar­eas and closes can be a fire risk and cre­ate a health haz­ard.

The scheme aims to raise aware­ness of these prob­lems and take sen­si­ble steps to im­prove our com­mu­ni­ties.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has joined forces with Po­lice Scot­land and the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice to pro­mote the Com­mon Sense mes­sage.

This in­cludes the dis­tri­bu­tion of la­bels to let peo­ple iden­tify their own wheelie bins and also in­for­ma­tion posters on fire preven­tion and how to dis­pose of rub­bish safely.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the coun­cil and fire and res­cue ser­vice will visit se­lected streets over the next month to speak to res­i­dents in their homes and of­fer ad­vice.

Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives will pro­vide ad­vice on waste dis­posal whilst lo­cal fire­fight­ers will ad­vise on how to re­duce fires in­volv­ing refuse, rub­bish and fly-tip­ping, which can put pres­sure on lo­cal fire crews, tak­ing them away from other in­ci­dents and putting lives at risk.

The ini­tial vis­its will take place in Mal­lard Cres­cent,Green­hills.

The lo­cal author­ity use CCTV and carry out pa­trols to catch those re­spon­si­ble for fly-tip­ping, which car­ries a £200 penalty.

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