Com­mon sense

Flytip­ping dan­gers are high­lighted

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

House­hold­ers in Ruther­glen have re­ceived a visit from fire­fight­ers and coun­cil staff who’ll be talk­ing Com­mon Sense about rub­bish and fly tip­ping.

Dump­ing junk and fly-tip­ping in com­mon ar­eas and closes can be a fire risk, cre­ates a health hazard and is un­sightly.

Com­mon Sense - a joint ini­tia­tive with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Po­lice Scot­land and Sco­tish Fire and Res­cue - aims to raise aware­ness of these prob­lems and urge res­i­dents to take sen­si­ble steps to im­prove our com­mu­ni­ties.

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

House­hold­ers are en­cour­aged to dis­pose of rub­bish cor­rectly by en­sur­ing bins are taken out and brought back in on col­lec­tion days and keep com­mon ar­eas in blocks of flats clear, in­clud­ing bin stores and dry­ing ar­eas.

In­cor­rectly dis­carded or stored rub­bish can eas­ily be set on fire, putting lives and prop­erty at risk.

Any­one who no­tices rub­bish build­ing up in their area should re­port it to the coun­cil on 0303 123 1015 or com­plete an on­line re­port­ing form at www.south­la­nark­shire. by search­ing for ‘fly-tip­ping’.

If you see some­body fly-tip­ping, re­port it anony­mously to ‘Dumb Dumpers’ on 08452 30 40 90 or call the Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­tre on 0303 123 1015.

CCTV is in use and coun­cil staff are on pa­trol to catch those re­spon­si­ble for flytip­ping.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil takes en­force­ment ac­tion against any­one found re­spon­si­ble for fly-tip­ping, and this can in­clude a fixed penalty no­tice of £200.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the coun­cil and Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice will be vis­it­ing se­lected streets this month to speak to res­i­dents in their homes and of­fer ad­vice on waste dis­posal, and how to re­duce the risk of fires in­volv­ing refuse, rub­bish and fly-tip­ping, which can put pres­sure on lo­cal fire crews, tak­ing them away from other in­ci­dents and can put lives at risk.

The ini­tial vis­its will take place around Lochaber Drive and Ross Place in Ruther­glen.

Ev­ery house­hold is en­ti­tled to one free ‘spe­cial up­lift’ for bulky items each year (be­tween April and March). You can re­quest the up­lift by call­ing 0303 123 1020 or com­plete the on­line form at www. south­la­nark­, by search­ing for ‘spe­cial (bulky) up­lifts.’

You can also take items to waste and re­cy­cling cen­tres lo­cated across South La­nark­shire.

Com­mon sense Front, from left, SFRS com­mu­nity safety ad­vo­cate Shona Scott, hous­ing man­age­ment team leader Kelly Jack­son and Gary Hoey

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