DUMPING of household waste in Blackpool has increased in recent weeks, a city councillor and local GP has warned.
Pictures taken by an Evening Echo photographer on Wednesday show several black bags filled with rubbish, many of which have torn open with plastic and paper items blown from them by wind, on Sunday School Lane.
Councillor John Sheehan (FF) who runs his GP surgery on Blackpool’s Thomas Davis Street has repeatedly highlighted the issue and said new bylaws for household waste which have been proposed by Cork City Council are urgently needed in order to combat the problem.
“Dumping is bad at the moment in Blackpool,” he said.
“I have been all around the area and the amount of dumping is just increasing and, in a way, it has become an alternative waste collection service for people.
“It’s depressing when you see community efforts to try and improve an area and then there’s dumping all over the place. Bylaws are currently going through City Council to try and get people to show how they dispose of their waste and I think that the enforcement of that will be crucial because there are blackspots again and again and again in different areas.”
Mr Sheehan has urged people not to dump and think of the health risks to others posed by waste not properly being disposed of.
“You could write a list of the areas in Blackpool where you know there is going to be dumping on a Monday morning. It’s extremely frustrating for a very strong community. You’d just get fed up of it.
“It’s very hard for people who are living there and trying to make their lives there and then someone comes along and dumps stuff outside their homes. These people have children and they want to be outside playing in a safe environment but you can’t have that when there rubbish everywhere,” he added.
A public consultation for new bin bylaws for the collection of household waste ended last month.
The changes will see householders quizzed by local authority officials on how they dispose of their waste. If the householder uses a civic amenity site, they will need to keep receipts for at least a year to prove this or face fines of up to €2,500.
Under the bylaws, bin containers must be stored on the owner’s property, must not be overloaded, and must have their lids securely closed.
Householders will not be allowed to put out their waste any earlier than 6pm the day before collection and bins will have to be taken back on to private property no later than midnight on the day of collection.
The rubbish must be separated into waste, recyclable waste, and residual waste, and be uncontaminated.