Council vows crackdown on rubbish bags blight in Worcester

Worcester News: BUSY: Worcester's High Street during the day BUSY: Worcester's High Street during the day

A CRACKDOWN is finally set to be launched on unsightly bags of rubbish dumped in Worcester's streets after years of gripes.

Councillors say the city's image is being tarnished by too many shops leaving black bags outside around 6pm each evening for seagulls or revellers to rip open.

Now the new-look Conservative leadership says it wants a quick fix - insisting the problem "is not a pleasant site" for people trying to access Worcester's popular evening amenities like the restaurants, pubs and theatre.

It insists it will look afresh at the council's city centre policies with a view to ridding bags from being outside premises all night for good.

Your Worcester News can reveal how such a move would prove popular with the city's Business Improvement District (BID), which represents many retailers and believes the policy is realistic. Councillor Simon Geraghty, the leader, says he aims to focus the new administration's city centre policies around tackling it.

It follows fierce criticism from Labour Councillor Simon Cronin, who led a review into the city centre last year and claims too many shops are not making an effort.

Cllr Cronin, speaking during a council meeting, said: "Most of us here tonight will have seen three bags of rubbish directly outside a shoe shop by the Guildhall.

"There are 14 bags outside another shop in Pump Street plus many, many more around the city.

"We need to make stopping rubbish bags being outside shops all night a priority."

Cllr Geraghty has agreed to focus on it swiftly, saying the city centre has a lot to gain from a clean-up.

"When you get those bags ripped open by seagulls it isn't a pleasant site," he said.

"Especially for people who are coming into the city centre of an evening.

"It's something we are keen to move on with at apace."

There are currently around eight organisations providing trade waste services in Worcester, with one being the city council while the rest are private.

Many traders leave their bags out at closing time because the collections tend to take place very early the next morning, often around 5.30am.

Worcester BID says one solution could be for the council to instruct all providers to change the time slots.

Adrian Field, from Worcester BID, said: "What other towns and cities often do is control the suppliers, so they say 'this is the wish of the city council', and agree different times.

"I've seen bags out at 5.30pm and it can be there until 8.50am the next morning - on a boiling hot day that can cause issues, and it's not good aesthetically either.

"We're very keen to support some talks over this because it's not ideal for the evening economy."

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12:52pm Wed 9 Jul 14

mrwrighty says...

In most other countries there is a special rubbish collection service that arrives just as the shops are closing and picks up the rubbish before it has a chance to be strewn around the place by Gulls and Reveler's. Surely this would make far more sense and keep the city center looking its best. Another case of a lack of joined up thinking by our wonderful council and Government.
In most other countries there is a special rubbish collection service that arrives just as the shops are closing and picks up the rubbish before it has a chance to be strewn around the place by Gulls and Reveler's. Surely this would make far more sense and keep the city center looking its best. Another case of a lack of joined up thinking by our wonderful council and Government. mrwrighty
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5:11pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Hwicce says...

Just fine all the shops for littering.

They'll soon make alternative arrangements for their litter if they are hit with a fine every day.
Just fine all the shops for littering. They'll soon make alternative arrangements for their litter if they are hit with a fine every day. Hwicce
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12:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

Andy_R says...

Bin bags in the street - "not a pleasant sight".
Sub-editors who get homonyms wrong - "not a pleasant site".
Bin bags in the street - "not a pleasant sight". Sub-editors who get homonyms wrong - "not a pleasant site". Andy_R
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10:09am Thu 10 Jul 14

Tony Pingree says...

The most probable reason that rubbish collection is done early in the morning is because Throckmorton tip closes at 6.00pm

Evening collections would mean that masses of rubbish would have to be stored somewhere until the next morning.

I don't know the councils policy on mass rubbish storage but at a guess, they wouldn't be happy about it. (or would want to make money from it)

It wouldn't surprise me if i was some council rule somewhere that causes this problem.
The most probable reason that rubbish collection is done early in the morning is because Throckmorton tip closes at 6.00pm Evening collections would mean that masses of rubbish would have to be stored somewhere until the next morning. I don't know the councils policy on mass rubbish storage but at a guess, they wouldn't be happy about it. (or would want to make money from it) It wouldn't surprise me if i was some council rule somewhere that causes this problem. Tony Pingree
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9:44am Fri 11 Jul 14

mrwrighty says...

Tony Pingree wrote:
The most probable reason that rubbish collection is done early in the morning is because Throckmorton tip closes at 6.00pm

Evening collections would mean that masses of rubbish would have to be stored somewhere until the next morning.

I don't know the councils policy on mass rubbish storage but at a guess, they wouldn't be happy about it. (or would want to make money from it)

It wouldn't surprise me if i was some council rule somewhere that causes this problem.
I agree, but that doesn't mean the situation cannot be resolved. Throckmorton could be kept open longer for business waste. Business rates are very expensive in Worcester but it seems the businesses get little value for money. The rubbish should be collected at the end of the day, not the following morning. All it needs is some joined up thinking and planning which our council seems to struggle with.
[quote][p][bold]Tony Pingree[/bold] wrote: The most probable reason that rubbish collection is done early in the morning is because Throckmorton tip closes at 6.00pm Evening collections would mean that masses of rubbish would have to be stored somewhere until the next morning. I don't know the councils policy on mass rubbish storage but at a guess, they wouldn't be happy about it. (or would want to make money from it) It wouldn't surprise me if i was some council rule somewhere that causes this problem.[/p][/quote]I agree, but that doesn't mean the situation cannot be resolved. Throckmorton could be kept open longer for business waste. Business rates are very expensive in Worcester but it seems the businesses get little value for money. The rubbish should be collected at the end of the day, not the following morning. All it needs is some joined up thinking and planning which our council seems to struggle with. mrwrighty
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4:42pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Tony Pingree says...

mrwrighty wrote:
Tony Pingree wrote:
The most probable reason that rubbish collection is done early in the morning is because Throckmorton tip closes at 6.00pm

Evening collections would mean that masses of rubbish would have to be stored somewhere until the next morning.

I don't know the councils policy on mass rubbish storage but at a guess, they wouldn't be happy about it. (or would want to make money from it)

It wouldn't surprise me if i was some council rule somewhere that causes this problem.
I agree, but that doesn't mean the situation cannot be resolved. Throckmorton could be kept open longer for business waste. Business rates are very expensive in Worcester but it seems the businesses get little value for money. The rubbish should be collected at the end of the day, not the following morning. All it needs is some joined up thinking and planning which our council seems to struggle with.
You may be right but no doubt the businesses will be blamed for this problem at some point.

I was once told that even though our council is committed to a caring recycling policy for the benefit of our environment, they don't include recyclable business waste in their noble venture.

It was also mentioned that the law that says they have to do it only refers to household waste.

An odd coincidence don't you think.

It was a while ago now when I was told this so council policy (or the law) may have changed by now.
[quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony Pingree[/bold] wrote: The most probable reason that rubbish collection is done early in the morning is because Throckmorton tip closes at 6.00pm Evening collections would mean that masses of rubbish would have to be stored somewhere until the next morning. I don't know the councils policy on mass rubbish storage but at a guess, they wouldn't be happy about it. (or would want to make money from it) It wouldn't surprise me if i was some council rule somewhere that causes this problem.[/p][/quote]I agree, but that doesn't mean the situation cannot be resolved. Throckmorton could be kept open longer for business waste. Business rates are very expensive in Worcester but it seems the businesses get little value for money. The rubbish should be collected at the end of the day, not the following morning. All it needs is some joined up thinking and planning which our council seems to struggle with.[/p][/quote]You may be right but no doubt the businesses will be blamed for this problem at some point. I was once told that even though our council is committed to a caring recycling policy for the benefit of our environment, they don't include recyclable business waste in their noble venture. It was also mentioned that the law that says they have to do it only refers to household waste. An odd coincidence don't you think. It was a while ago now when I was told this so council policy (or the law) may have changed by now. Tony Pingree
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