Search

Rethink over urban rubbish

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 October 2011

Archant © 2009

THE transient population and narrow streets of Great Yarmouth’s most compact urban areas may be helped by a tweaked rubbish collection system.

Officials are looking at how council policy could be varied on rubbish collection in areas where the twin bin system and fortnightly collections are not working.

The usual two-pronged approach of education and enforcement is said to be having a limited effect in areas like Nelson ward which has a transient population, and where gathering evidence for prosecution was problematic.

Simon Mutten, service manager for environment, said the wheelie bin system introduced in 2004 was the most effective and efficient way to collect rubbish across the greater part of the borough with the vast majority of people complying with the message and producing low contamination rates.

But there were areas of the borough where people had more rubbish than they could fit into the provided bins and did not have the money to pay for a bulky collection or to take items to the recycling centre in Caister.

This, he said, had resulted in unwanted items being left on the street to be picked up by other collection crews.

In some urban parts a “chicken and egg” situation had evolved where refuse vehicles collecting daily from certain “hotspots” were perpetuating fly-tipping - the pick ups becoming so regular that people dumping rubbish there were arguably doing so responsibly as they regarded it as part of the service

Mr Mutten said the council was looking to see how it might vary the service to meet the needs of different areas.

With this in mind a trial of different options was carried out on the Barracks estate to see how residents would react and identify those who might have particular issues with their waste disposal, but the results were inconclusive.

The experience of taking a close look at the community had also triggered a re-think on the criteria the council used to issue more bins and extra large bins.

People living in the area were apparently happy with the service and had lodged few complaints, mainly because of the additional level of service which had evolved over the years to collect the waste and keep the streets clean.

“We will continue to work with residents as to how to inject variation in to the service within a finite resource,” he said, adding: “The conclusion we have come to is that we need to inject some variation in to the service. Quite what that is we need to bottom out. We do not want a two-tier service but we need varying conditions to meet varying needs. It has proved a very challenging intervention. Some cannot and some will not dispose of their rubbish in the way we would like them to and legally.”

Officials aim to present ideas to councillors about what the varied service would look like by the end of the year.

Other News

Yesterday, 20:03

It was a case of Christmas come early for a number of youngsters at a Norfolk hospital who met their footballing heroes.

Yesterday, 19:52

Libraries around Norfolk are inviting people in for free tea and a friendly chat to help combat loneliness.

Yesterday, 17:56

For one 16-year-old boy from Norfolk, Thursday, December 6 started like any other weekday.

A delayed motion looking to reduce period poverty in the Great Yarmouth borough is to be discussed once more by councillors.

Most Read

Mon, 18:00

School trips usually involve taking children to see one of Shakespeare’s great plays or visiting a historic museum.

Read more

Plans for a former pub to be turned into a luxury tobacconist have been put under fire by a nearby health centre, with bosses arguing it would “give out entirely the wrong message”.

Read more
NHS
Mon, 11:42

Would you like to play a major part in restoring one of Great Yarmouth’s most historic tourist attractions to its former glory?

Read more
Barry Coleman
Mon, 09:21

A joyrider was arrested after crashing into a traffic bollard - and was found to be more than three times the legal driving limit when police breathalysed him.

Read more
Great Yarmouth police
Mon, 16:38

Tears of joy streamed down the face of staff members who watched the magical moment a woman, who was left paralysed by a stroke, stood on her own two feet for the first time in 15 years.

Read more
Gorleston

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy