Think before you put out bagged waste, warns SKDC

South Kesteven District Council.
South Kesteven District Council.

Householders who use refuse bags are being asked to leave them out for collection at the correct times, to help stop the spread of litter in their neighbourhoods.

Most residents have wheelie bins but some, due to the nature of their premises, have to use bags.

Waste needs to be stored and put out by 7.30am on the day of collection but at the earliest the night before a collection is due, particularly if it is bagged.

The longer bags stay out for also increases the chance of windy or inclement weather spilling bags and bins across residential streets and gives foxes and rats more opportunity to cause further mess. The council’s streetcare services team often come across open bags on streets as a result of them being left out for more than 24 hours.

There are often unnecessary eyesores caused by residents living in flats above retail units and on residential estates. Action will be taken against those who leave waste out at the incorrect time to stop this behaviour, warns South Kesteven District Council.

Residents are encouraged to consult the council’s website – www.southkesteven.gov.uk/bincollectionday – to find out the day of their collections by entering their postcode.

Portfolio holder for healthy environment Councillor Nick Craft said: “Residents are usually very good at putting out the right bin or bag at the right time. We thank them for their continued help and request they put their bins or bags out as close to the 7.30am deadline as possible to help streets look tidy and avoid running the risk that they will be missed.

“If residents have bag collections they need to leave them out as close to this time as possible. They may also become accustomed to a common time waste crews arrive to make collections. However, road closures or diversions can mean they can be earlier than expected so it is safer to meet the 7.30am deadline on the day of collection.”

Residents with bins are also requested to return them to their off street positions as soon as possible after collections take place.

Residents can check what they can recycle by visiting www.southkesteven.gov.uk/recyclinglist