South Kesteven District Council is asking residents to be their extra eyes and ears to report those who dump commercial or domestic waste in public litter bins.
The council said it is aware of increasing cases where excess waste has been left in bins by businesses and residents, leaving them full or with little capacity for passers by or visitors who need to use them.
With bin usage increased due to the school holidays, it is more important than ever that bins are clear to receive the used items of residents and visitors using the district’s streets, parks and open spaces. This helps avoid making streets and neighbourhoods a temporary eyesore with overflowing bins and potentially hazardous with rubbish items littering areas.
Businesses using the district’s public litter bins could face prosecution for not abiding to their trade waste agreements and SKDC actively works with traders to ensure they understand their responsibilities.
The council otherwise advises residents using the household waste and recycling centres in Grantham and Bourne for high levels of waste or its affordable bulk item collection service where items cost £10 to remove.
Residents should report any suspicious use of litter bins by calling SKDC on 01476 406080 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Councillor John Smith said: “It’s vital that public bins are not filled with private waste.
“Our waste and recycling teams are doubling litter bin collections in some locations to keep up with the amount of litter most residents and visitors responsibly deposit.
“However their efforts are thwarted if businesses and individuals don’t dispose of their waste responsibly. Help us be that extra pair of eyes and ears and report anyone seen filling bins with household or business waste.”