Plea over overflowing dog waste bin

July 24 2020
Plea over overflowing dog waste bin

AN overflowing dog mess bin has prompted a complaint over council services - and a plea for people to take waste home while services are under pressure.

Yate resident Andy Kybert spotted the bin overflowing and with bagged waste dumped around it while walking in Ridge Woods in July.

He took a picture and said it was an example of "just exactly what isn't being done in Yate at the moment" by council workers responsible for emptying it.

Andy said: "Given the parlous state of the nation's health at the moment, any outbreak caused by this kind of lackadaisical attitude to health risks is unforgivable.

"The risk to local people using the Ridge Woods for their daily recreation (including the number of children no longer in schooling using the woods as a "play area") must be considerable."

The Voice contacted both Yate Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council to establish whose responsibility the bin was.

A South Gloucestershire spokesperson said they did not believe the bin was theirs.

But Yate Town Council said that the bin did belong to South Gloucestershire.

A spokesperson said town council staff sometimes emptied the bin to help out, and had done so on the day they were alerted to the problem.

She added: "We are finding it quite challenging to keep up with the increased use of all the litter and dog bins during this period whilst our services are stretched elsewhere.

"We really do encourage members of the public to take litter and dog bags home (or to the next available bin) should they find a bin full."

Picture: Andy Kybert