Black Bags Piling Up In Weymouth
1:42pm 16th December 2014
Black bin bags have been piling up in the street in Weymouth - as Dorset Waste Partnership are refusing to collect them.
They say they told residents back in April they needed to use the blue sacks provided - otherwise their rubbish would be left.
Bins have been over flowing in East Street - but that's now been cleared by the housing association.
But Borough Councillor for Melcombe Regis - Francis Drake thinks the black bags should have been dealt with;
"When they go to the trouble of sticking labels on it, they might as well be picking them up. You've got to look at it from the point of view of rats and seagulls pulling them apart which makes it worse. Personally I think the Dorset Waste Partnership should be picking them up."
Steve Burdis, Director of the Dorset Waste Partnership, told Wessex FM:
"We sent leaflets to every household about the new service in April and May to give them time to contact us. We also held roadshows and provided information through the local media and online.
"Properties unable to use wheelie bins receive an annual supply of authorised blue sacks for rubbish, providing the same capacity as the 140-litre wheelie bin.
"Our policy states that we will not collect rubbish left outside a bin in unauthorised sacks. During the first two months we collected extra sacks while the service was bedding in but we are now applying the policy.
"We have been delivering outstanding blue sacks to properties that have contacted us. Our education team is working alongside collection crews, going door-to-door advising residents and delivering blue sacks and seagull-proof bags.
"We visited a communal property on East Street where the bin store was overflowing and had been cleared by the housing association. We have removed the black sacks and provided residents with blue sacks and information about using the service."