Grantham residents urged to help stop spread of litter

Don't leave bagged rubbish out too long.
Don't leave bagged rubbish out too long.

SKDC is asking householders who use refuse bags to leave them out for collection at the correct times – to help stop the spread of litter in their neighbourhoods.

Waste needs to be stored and put out by 7.30am on the day of collection but at the earliest the night before a collection is due, particularly if it is bagged.

This is to avoid causing unnecessary eyesores and effectively committing fly-tipping offences.

The longer bags stay outside the more the chance of windy or inclement weather spilling bags and bins across residential streets and gives foxes and rats more opportunity to cause mess on pavements and roads.

There are often unnecessary eyesores caused by residents living in flats above retail units and on residential estates. Action on those who leave waste out at the incorrect time will be taken to stop this behaviour.

These residents are encouraged to consult the council’s website - www.southkesteven.gov.uk/bincollectionday to find out the day of their collections by entering their postcode.

There have been increasing cases where SKDC’s waste and recycling team has come across bags open on streets as a result of being left in locations for more than 24 hours.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment, Coun John Smith, said: “We know how efficient the vast majority of residents are in always putting out the right bin or bag out at the right time. We thank them for their continued help and request they put their bins or bags out as close to the 7.30am deadline as possible to help streets look tidy and avoid running the risk that they will be missed.

“If residents have bag collections they need to leave them out as close to this time as possible. They may also become accustomed to a common time waste crews arrive to make collections.

“However road closures or diversions can mean they can be earlier than expected so it is safer to meet the 7.30am deadline on the day of collection.

“Help decrease what we send to landfill sites by continuing to recycle more items in silver bins or clear bags.”

Residents can check what they can recycle by visiting www.southkesteven.gov.uk/recyclinglist