Council officers are searching through bags of rubbish to catch out residents who ignore the waste collection timetable…with warnings that fines will be handed out.
Castle Point Council currently collects black bag waste and recycled waste on alternate weeks.
Despite sending out three leaflets setting out the collection timetable, the council claims the wrong bags are still being put out by residents on the island.
Oh noes! If only there was a simple solution to this?
A spokesman for Castle Point Council said: “The situation has improved but there are still a number of irresponsible residents who refuse to take notice of the information the council has provided and think it is acceptable to present their waste for collection at any time and expect the council to make additional visits to collect it.”
Maybe they think they pay enough bloody money in council tax that you should just do that? And indeed, some do:
Sarah Mayo, of Link Road, said: “As unsightly as the bags are, I don’t understand why, with the large amounts of council tax paid each month, the council can’t collect all of the bags each week.
“In not doing so, it means we have to store black bags in our own gardens without wheelie bins provided and in this heat it isn’t pleasant.
“Also, these large mounds of bags are often dumped by people not from the roads they are left on.
“Someone reported they saw council workers going through bags to work out who they belonged to. Why not use that resource to just clear the bags?”
Why not indeed..?