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Common Sense will tackle rubbish problems

Published Friday, 01 June 2018

Dumped sofa

Rubbish and waste in common areas such as closes, landings and back courts is unsightly, unhealthy and potentially dangerous.

We are joining forces with Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue under the banner of the Common Sense initiative in order to raise awareness of the issue of rubbish being dumped or accumulating in shared spaces around houses and flats.

Last year, fly-tipping and rubbish accumulations cost South Lanarkshire Council Housing and Technical Resources more than £400,000 to clean up. This is money that could have been spent on improving homes and services.

A series of Common Sense events will be coming to communities around the council area this month with police, fire and council personnel on hand to offer information, advice and free bin stickers, you will find them here:

  • Cruachan Road, Springhall, Rutherglen, 8 June, 1 - 4 pm
  • George Court, Ann Street, Hamilton, 15 June, 1 - 4 pm  
  • Smyllum Estate (at shops), Lanark, 22 June, 1 - 4 pm

There are simple rules which can help keep common spaces clear:

  • Dispose of your rubbish correctly and ensure bins are put out and taken in on collection days.
  • Keep common areas, including bin stores and drying areas clear. Incorrectly discarded or stored rubbish can easily be set on fire, putting lives and property at risk.
  • Report Fly-tipping and dumping online.
  • If you spot a fly-tipper, report them anonymously to 'Dumb Dumpers' on 08452 30 40 90.

The council already uses CCTV and carry out extra patrols to catch those responsible for fly-tipping and does take enforcement action against including imposing a fixed penalty of £200.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service already works closely with Housing services to identify and reduce fire hazards.

Bulky items and excess household waste or recycling can be taken to Waste and Recycling Centres located across South Lanarkshire

In addition every Household is entitled to one free special uplift for bulky items each year (between April and March) and a charge of just £30 applies to any additional uplifts. You can request an uplift online.

Chair of South Lanarkshire Council Housing and Technical Resources Councillor Josh Wilson said: “Rubbish and fly-tipping in shared areas such as landings, closes and back courts is not just unsightly and unhygienic it is unsafe. It can encourage vermin, cause an obstruction or tripping hazard and in a worst case scenario it could be the fuel for a life threatening fire.

“It really is common sense for everyone to lend a hand in keeping these areas clear and reporting those who will not accept their responsibilities.”