A commitment by Derry City Council’s waste management team to reduce the amount of black bag waste in the Chapel Road area of the Waterside has been welcomed by SDLP Cllr Martin Reilly.
Litter wardens are to visit the area next week on bin collection day and to “go through” any bags that are left out to identify the source.
Following this, they call at each property and speak to the residents and advise on proper procedures for dealing with waste.
Welcoming the move, Cllr Reilly said he had been contacted by residents plagued with the “proliferation” of litter in the area.
Cllr Reilly said: “The dumping of domestic rubbish in black bags at the bottom of Primrose Street, and other parts of Chapel Road, causes obvious concerns for those residents who put their waste correctly in their black bin for collection.
“I have contacted the waste management team in Derry City Council and welcome its commitment to organise with the Enforcement Officer to take the litter wardens across to the area next week on bin collection day and again go through any bags that are left out to identify the source.
“Following this the wardens are to call at each property and speak to the residents and advise on proper procedures for dealing with waste.”
Cllr Reilly appealed to landlords in the area to ensure their tenants had both a black and blue bins.
He added: “Incidents of illegal dumping in the past have been reported, resulting in Fixed Penalty Notices being issued to irresponsible dumpers.
“Just recently, Council blitzed this entire area, cleaning the lane, emptying contaminated blue bins etc.
“It is therefore disappointing that waste continues to be dumped indiscriminately.
“I urge everyone to dispose of their waste in the proper manner for the wellbeing of the entire area.”
Cllr Reilly concluded: “Anyone with bulky goods for disposal can arrange for these to be collected by ringing 02871374107.”