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Town a ‘dumping ground’ – resident

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ST PETER PORT residents have to wade through uncollected bins because the States’ waste strategy does not work, according to one Town resident.

Nicole Le Huray was speaking after finding a number of black sacks and open waste bags uncollected from Les Petites Fontaines steps yesterday morning.

Ms Le Huray said that over the last few weeks the area had become a dumping ground.

‘The new system clearly isn’t working, not in communal areas where anyone can just dump their rubbish,’ she said.

‘There is a CCTV camera right at the top of the steps, this needs to be checked and whoever is leaving their rubbish, not even in a black sack, needs to be spoken to.

‘It’s unfair for the people who live in the area who pay for their rubbish stickers to have to wade through other people’s rubbish to get to work or school in the morning.

‘It’s also a hazard with it being left on busy and steep steps.’

(Picture by Peter Frankland, 24100245)

Admitting that the area had always been an issue for waste, Miss Le Huray added that it seemed to have recently become worse.

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States’ Trading Assets deputy managing director, Richard Evans said that such issues with waste collection in Town had improved and what occurred on the steps to Les Petites Fontaines was something that is hoped to be an isolated incident.

‘This area was historically a hot spot for improper dumping of household waste, but in the last few weeks we have actually seen relatively few unstickered rubbish bags there,’ he said.

‘We have cleared what was left there this morning and we will be looking to identify the people who left waste there. If we find them they should expect to hear from us.’

Mr Evans added that the suggestion the new system was not working is wrong.

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‘You can go around the island on any collection night and you will see properly stickered waste bags outside the vast majority of households, alongside recycling containers and food waste caddies,’ he said.

‘Most islanders are getting on with it, and all this incident shows is a small minority are intent on flouting the charges because they think someone else should pay for their waste.’

‘We are also working with the St Peter Port constables to tackle any areas that are being abused.’

St Peter Port constable Dennis Le Moignan said the responsibility for sorting out these problems rested with the Waste Disposal Authority.

‘We were given the option of sorting out this sort of problem or handing it over to the WDA to deal with for the first two years of the new system,’ he said.

‘Knowing there would be a lot of problems in the Town area, we decided to pass over this job to the WDA.’

‘What I am saying is, you should contact them on recycle@gov.gg or 231234 as they are presently responsible for sorting things out.’

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