Increase in fly spills on streets in Glasgow’s ‘disaster zone’

Increase in fly spills on streets in Glasgow’s ‘disaster zone’
Increase in fly spills on streets in Glasgow’s ‘disaster zone’

Fly tipping in Glasgow’s South Quarter is getting worse, with people dumping their rubbish in Govanhill in areas not monitored by CCTV, a union leader says.

Chris Mitchell, the town’s GMB organizer, says cleaners have seen an increase in fly dumps after Christmas – with carpets, furniture and old clothes dumped along streets, including Dixon Avenue.

Mr Mitchell, who believes people are going to fly dump hotspots to get rid of their loose waste, is calling for more education on improving environmental health to take place and for residents to report these problems so that the culprit can be caught.

Glasgow City Council says rapid response and neighborhood teams are available within Govanhill to deal with fly tipping and related environmental issues.

Mr Mitchell said: ‘The fly tipping is obviously worse after Christmas. The problem gets better a few months before the holiday season when people start using bulk transfer services properly.

“Now that it’s over, we’ve started to see an increase in fly tipping again. Govanhill was just a disaster area. We think people come from different parts of the city and throw away their trash because they know it will be picked up for free.

“They know we run a rapid response service that operates in this area 24/7, but there is no law enforcement, no deterrence and no cameras.

“I don’t think it’s fair to the people who live there and have to endure this. People are trying to do their best and make the area livable, but if we don’t act, the problem will only get worse in the years to come.

Chris is now calling for educational programs to take place and for community meetings to talk about the importance of cleaning, the environment and encouraging residents to report these issues.

He says the problem will only attract more rats to the city, which will impact environmental health.

He continued, “I urge everyone to put a stop to this. I understand that not everyone will be able to afford the bulk lift fee, but if you’re intentionally dumping it in this part of town because it’s free, then I have a problem with that.

“Our members are doing their best to try to keep the streets as clean as possible. Everything is thrown away, from furniture to bags of clothes.

“People who are less fortunate than someone else start tearing up the bags to see if they can get anything because they’re desperate.

“If you start throwing stuff in the streets it will attract vermin and it won’t do us any good to have rats roaming the streets again. We need to look carefully at law enforcement and environmental health.

“Every year we campaign for more jobs in the cleaning service and every year we face terrible budget cuts that do the city no favors.

“We need to think ahead and if we can still provide good service the place is an eyesore.”

A council spokesperson confirmed that Govanhill receives dedicated services to deal with waste issues in the area.

They said: ‘A rapid response team is available on a regular basis to remove fly tipping, a neighborhood team is in place to deal with both waste and fly tipping and there are also liaison staff from neighborhood that can solve a series of environmental problems. .

“Through improved data collection, we are targeting our enforcement actions to specific locations in the area where we know fly tipping is particularly prevalent.

“This effort is supported by the seven CCTV cameras installed in the area and supported by our team of Environmental Health Enforcement Officers, which grew by seven additional positions this fiscal year.

“Fly-spilling incidents have generally decreased across the city, including Govanhill, although there has been a recent increase linked to excess litter produced over the festive period.

“Ultimately, fly tipping is an environmental crime that exposes perpetrators to coercive action, including criminal prosecution.

“Every citizen has the responsibility to dispose of their waste appropriately at all times. Waste left on private property is an issue for landlords.

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