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Wind blown recycling rubbish causing Carlisle eyesore

Councillors have vowed to investigate how to stop windy weather from spreading rubbish on Carlisle’s streets.

Carlisle street rubbish photo

Parts of the city have been strewn with plastic bottles, cardboard, and paper which people left outside overnight for their fortnightly recycled waste collections.

Storms over Christmas and the New Year left some areas littered with rubbish.

One Carlisle councillor thinks it might be time to launch a “windy weather protocol,” which could encourage people to take simple steps to stop their rubbish ending up on the street.

Liz Mallinson, who represents the Stanwix Urban ward on Carlisle City Council, told fellow councillors of her disappointment at seeing so much rubbish left littering streets.

At a meeting of the full council, she said: “Just before Christmas some of the roads around Carlisle were in an absolutely disgraceful state with [plastic] bottles all over the place.”

Mrs Mallinson believed much of the rubbish might have come from uncovered recycling boxes left out in the wind. She suggested new guidelines should be issued.

“I just wonder, could we have some sort of protocol in place?” she asked.

Councillor Elsie Martlew, the portfolio holder for the environment and transport, said she would investigate.

She said: “I will make sure waste take a look into the issue and if there can be a protocol for windy weather.”

Mrs Martlew also said she made a point of giving her waste directly to refuse collectors over Christmas.

“Over Christmas I got up early and waited for the lads to come around but I know that can’t be feasible for everybody.”

Ray Bloxham, the Mayor of Carlisle, suggested people could be given covers for their bins.

Copeland Council provide these free of charge, with a spokesman telling the News & Star it helped to deal with the litter situation there.

Mrs Martlew said she would also look into this idea but she said costs might prevent it happening.

A city council spokeswoman said the authority advised people to put their waste out for collection early in the morning rather than overnight.

A spokesman for Eden council said a similar system is used there.

An Allerdale council spokeswoman meanwhile said they provide advice to people in bad weather but did not have a specific protocol for windy weather.

Have your say

Here's a suggestion for Carlisle councillors investigating ways to stop rubbish being blown about when it's windy. One big rubber bin for each house like the good old days with a solid lid, which is collected once a week by something called a bin wagon. The lentil munching sandal-wearing brigade might not like it, but the streets would be a lot nicer.

Posted by SarahM on 27 January 2014 at 15:46

I wonder how many people cannot - for health/age/access reasons - get to a recycling centre to dispose of their recyclable waste. I wonder how many people will go out after the trucks have been and pick up 'stray' waste that the wind/birds/foxes/idiots have strewn, or is everything someone else's problem? Get a grip. Get some responsibility for your own area. No system is ever perfect - be thankful that we only have to pay once for waste removal.

Posted by Malcolm Hill on 17 January 2014 at 20:04

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