Unsecured recycling blamed for Helston playground litter

Recycling left out without being secured properly has been blamed for a rise in litter in a Helston playground.

Members of Helston Town Council have considered a report from the town warden that the increase of litter in the Hellis Wartha play area was, in his opinion, due to household recycling blowing around.

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11:43am Sun 5 Jan 14

Cyber Pasty says...

Simple, if locals don't want litter everywhere secure you're waste.
Simple, if locals don't want litter everywhere secure you're waste. Cyber Pasty
  • Score: -8

12:15pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Something that should be taken into consideration I believe, is the ridiculous design of the recycling bags, they are not 'wind/weather' proof by any means, despite being weighted in the base, particularly in adverse weather conditions, they blow away even when full.
I experience on a regular basis recycling being left in the bottom of open bags after they were supposedly emptied, I have reported this on several occasions to Cornwall Council. I have the advantage of being able to retrieve my bags and any rubbish left after collection, but for anyone that is not at home on collection day this would be a bigger problem. The contract is worth thousands of pounds to the firm allocated to carry out collections, therefore I believe they should uphold their part of responsibility. In addition to which over the Christmas period collections were not as frequent as usual, therefore resulting in some householders having to produce extra containers out of nowhere, in which to deposit excess recycling. On the one hand we as the public are generally told to not use plastic carrier bags and many shops will not now issue plastic carrier bags and on the other hand we are then suddenly told to put out excess recycling in extra containers or carrier bags!!
Something that should be taken into consideration I believe, is the ridiculous design of the recycling bags, they are not 'wind/weather' proof by any means, despite being weighted in the base, particularly in adverse weather conditions, they blow away even when full. I experience on a regular basis recycling being left in the bottom of open bags after they were supposedly emptied, I have reported this on several occasions to Cornwall Council. I have the advantage of being able to retrieve my bags and any rubbish left after collection, but for anyone that is not at home on collection day this would be a bigger problem. The contract is worth thousands of pounds to the firm allocated to carry out collections, therefore I believe they should uphold their part of responsibility. In addition to which over the Christmas period collections were not as frequent as usual, therefore resulting in some householders having to produce extra containers out of nowhere, in which to deposit excess recycling. On the one hand we as the public are generally told to not use plastic carrier bags and many shops will not now issue plastic carrier bags and on the other hand we are then suddenly told to put out excess recycling in extra containers or carrier bags!! Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Sun 5 Jan 14

TheOriginaDelboy says...

Further to Gill's comments, a Cornwall Councillor publicly announced on their personal Facebook page that the recycling was to be collected on Saturday instead of the usual Wednesday (Christmas Day). Presumably this information was passed on from the correct source who maybe decided it was too windy and dangerous to go out to collect it.

Therefore people put the recycling out for collection but it seems most was never collected and no doubt some escaped and spread itself throughout town.
Further to Gill's comments, a Cornwall Councillor publicly announced on their personal Facebook page that the recycling was to be collected on Saturday instead of the usual Wednesday (Christmas Day). Presumably this information was passed on from the correct source who maybe decided it was too windy and dangerous to go out to collect it. Therefore people put the recycling out for collection but it seems most was never collected and no doubt some escaped and spread itself throughout town. TheOriginaDelboy
  • Score: 4

2:58pm Sun 5 Jan 14

meerkats says...

The area opposite Whitewash wall was also strewed with litter, some admtitedly from the Spar Subway but mostly it was plastic bottles and paper left from the recycling collection. I went out recently and picked it up and had a black refuse bag nearly full by the time i finished up by the cemetery. A main problem in this area is that Spar provide a litter bin outside the store, but people buy coffee and subways and walk up on the Cottage Hospital side in which there are no bins along that stretch of road ,so litter is just thrown down. I agree with Gills comments that the bags are poorly designed and frequently find they are not emptied properly.
The area opposite Whitewash wall was also strewed with litter, some admtitedly from the Spar Subway but mostly it was plastic bottles and paper left from the recycling collection. I went out recently and picked it up and had a black refuse bag nearly full by the time i finished up by the cemetery. A main problem in this area is that Spar provide a litter bin outside the store, but people buy coffee and subways and walk up on the Cottage Hospital side in which there are no bins along that stretch of road ,so litter is just thrown down. I agree with Gills comments that the bags are poorly designed and frequently find they are not emptied properly. meerkats
  • Score: 2

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