Walkers angry over Blackburn waste bin overflow

An overflowing bin in the park

An overflowing bin in the park

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BINS in Witton Wood are overflowing with rubbish, and dog walkers say that they haven’t been emptied for more than two weeks.

Residents said they have been complaining to Blackburn with Darwen council about the state of litter in the wood over a number of months after becoming concerned that the bins were not emptied twice weekly as the council promised.

It was noted by dog walkers that the litter inside bins at the bottom of the wood had not been collected for sixteen days. One Livesey resident said: “It’s just disgusting, isn’t it?

“The council really need to do something about it. They should be emptying the bins regularly so that rubbish isn’t floating around the park and the woods.

“People have been complaining about this for a long time and nothing seems to get done and it’s a real shame.

“It’s a lovely area for families and young people but I wouldn’t be happy for my five-year-old niece to play around here.”

Alan Cottam, ward councillor for Livesey and Pleasington said: “This problem has been reported to me and I had hoped that something would be done about it by now.

“I realise they will have lost a few days with the bank holiday and there was a big food event last weekend that has probably caused more rubbish, but the council knew that was happening and something should have been put in place.

“If people are throwing litter on the floor, that’s a different animal and we have to tackle that too.”

No-one from the council was available to confirm when the bins in Witton Wood were last emptied but a spokesman did confirm that rubbish was scheduled to be collected every Monday and Friday.

Tony Watson, head of Environment and Public Protection, said: “The emptying of the bins in Witton Park was affected by the Bank Holiday weekend, and normal collection of litter will take place this week. We aim to empty the bins in Witton Park twice weekly. ”

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3:50pm Thu 29 May 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

I would hate to be one of those poor dog walkers that hasn't been emptied for weeks.

They must be seriously bagged up.
I would hate to be one of those poor dog walkers that hasn't been emptied for weeks. They must be seriously bagged up. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: -5

3:51pm Thu 29 May 14

alf-abett says...

I am a dog owner and walk my pet twice a day, I always bag n bin it at the first opportunity or take it home and bin it but that photo is disgusting and the people are disgusting for dropping the Winnie bags around the bin, but the most obnoxious point is that these very same people demand and expect council personnel to pick this mess up. Would you!! If you cannot safely deposit it in a bin TAKE IT HOME.
I am a dog owner and walk my pet twice a day, I always bag n bin it at the first opportunity or take it home and bin it but that photo is disgusting and the people are disgusting for dropping the Winnie bags around the bin, but the most obnoxious point is that these very same people demand and expect council personnel to pick this mess up. Would you!! If you cannot safely deposit it in a bin TAKE IT HOME. alf-abett
  • Score: 10

4:02pm Thu 29 May 14

greenscreener says...

alf-abett wrote:
I am a dog owner and walk my pet twice a day, I always bag n bin it at the first opportunity or take it home and bin it but that photo is disgusting and the people are disgusting for dropping the Winnie bags around the bin, but the most obnoxious point is that these very same people demand and expect council personnel to pick this mess up. Would you!! If you cannot safely deposit it in a bin TAKE IT HOME.
Can somebody explain why some dog walkers go to the trouble of bagging their dogs excrement but then tie it to a tree or fence ? As the man said, if you can't bin it just take it home numb nuts !
[quote][p][bold]alf-abett[/bold] wrote: I am a dog owner and walk my pet twice a day, I always bag n bin it at the first opportunity or take it home and bin it but that photo is disgusting and the people are disgusting for dropping the Winnie bags around the bin, but the most obnoxious point is that these very same people demand and expect council personnel to pick this mess up. Would you!! If you cannot safely deposit it in a bin TAKE IT HOME.[/p][/quote]Can somebody explain why some dog walkers go to the trouble of bagging their dogs excrement but then tie it to a tree or fence ? As the man said, if you can't bin it just take it home numb nuts ! greenscreener
  • Score: 11

4:07pm Thu 29 May 14

wilddog says...

Jezz, I get my bin emptied once a fortnight! Take the buns away! Take yer rubbish home! Why should i pay towards buns being emptied twice a week there? Poo bins? Charge for their use! Its your dog! Its your cr@p!
Jezz, I get my bin emptied once a fortnight! Take the buns away! Take yer rubbish home! Why should i pay towards buns being emptied twice a week there? Poo bins? Charge for their use! Its your dog! Its your cr@p! wilddog
  • Score: -5

4:19pm Thu 29 May 14

woolywords says...

The truth of the matter is, with that safety tape laying there, council workers aren't allowed to cross it, for Health and Safety reasons..

That said; nice to see that the dog walkers have picked up their 'dog eggs' and dumped it there, instead of taking it home with their pooches, further contributing to the noisome bin itself!
Don't you dare come on these columns, complaining about how the Council, utterly fed up of your wholly inconsiderate behaviour, has banned all dogs, from all parks in the Borough, as you have only yourselves to blame, by what is evidenced in this picture.
Me; I'd follow you home, then, whilst you were sleeping, get me and a few mates, to take a dump on your front lawns, to see how you liked it!
The parks of this Borough are, the green, open spaces, where people whom work long, hard hours, in those 'dark satanic mills' of old, get to enjoy some richly deserved clean, fresh air and not the malodorous whiff of dog excrement, whilst having a picnic.
I once lived in a city that trialled a dog path but the smell was so overpowering that, even dog walkers refused to use it. So plans to do that will get my veto.
You port your pet, it poops; so take it and it's output, to your own home, so that others can enjoy the open spaces. It's not a big ask is it, to be considerate of others?
You really don't want to contend with the output of a few beery men, after a Vindaloo, on your front lawn, trust me.
(Some of them, make my air freshener, cough!)
The truth of the matter is, with that safety tape laying there, council workers aren't allowed to cross it, for Health and Safety reasons.. That said; nice to see that the dog walkers have picked up their 'dog eggs' and dumped it there, instead of taking it home with their pooches, further contributing to the noisome bin itself! Don't you dare come on these columns, complaining about how the Council, utterly fed up of your wholly inconsiderate behaviour, has banned all dogs, from all parks in the Borough, as you have only yourselves to blame, by what is evidenced in this picture. Me; I'd follow you home, then, whilst you were sleeping, get me and a few mates, to take a dump on your front lawns, to see how you liked it! The parks of this Borough are, the green, open spaces, where people whom work long, hard hours, in those 'dark satanic mills' of old, get to enjoy some richly deserved clean, fresh air and not the malodorous whiff of dog excrement, whilst having a picnic. I once lived in a city that trialled a dog path but the smell was so overpowering that, even dog walkers refused to use it. So plans to do that will get my veto. You port your pet, it poops; so take it and it's output, to your own home, so that others can enjoy the open spaces. It's not a big ask is it, to be considerate of others? You really don't want to contend with the output of a few beery men, after a Vindaloo, on your front lawn, trust me. (Some of them, make my air freshener, cough!) woolywords
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Thu 29 May 14

AndyD123 says...

If the bin in the photo wasnt overflowing you wouldn't even know it was there! There are so many weeds surrounding it that it is perfectly camouflaged
If the bin in the photo wasnt overflowing you wouldn't even know it was there! There are so many weeds surrounding it that it is perfectly camouflaged AndyD123
  • Score: 7

5:08pm Thu 29 May 14

wilddog says...

Just shows how lazy people are and just how much they care. They use the park,admire its beauty etc, see the bin is full, then dump their rubbish on the floor and walk away! Wot a caring nation some are!
Just shows how lazy people are and just how much they care. They use the park,admire its beauty etc, see the bin is full, then dump their rubbish on the floor and walk away! Wot a caring nation some are! wilddog
  • Score: 9

5:09pm Thu 29 May 14

yyy's1 says...

Good thinking that, litter bin full throw it on the floor. Are these dog walkers brain dead?
Good thinking that, litter bin full throw it on the floor. Are these dog walkers brain dead? yyy's1
  • Score: -4

6:15pm Thu 29 May 14

odappip says...

Hyndburn council empty our bins on bank holidays .
Hyndburn council empty our bins on bank holidays . odappip
  • Score: 9

6:20pm Thu 29 May 14

wilddog says...

odappip wrote:
Hyndburn council empty our bins on bank holidays .
treble time, of course they will!
[quote][p][bold]odappip[/bold] wrote: Hyndburn council empty our bins on bank holidays .[/p][/quote]treble time, of course they will! wilddog
  • Score: 7

6:33pm Thu 29 May 14

odappip says...

worth every penny, keeps Hyndburn clean .
worth every penny, keeps Hyndburn clean . odappip
  • Score: 5

7:40pm Thu 29 May 14

wilddog says...

odappip wrote:
worth every penny, keeps Hyndburn clean .
meanwhile they cut meals on wheels for the elderly!
[quote][p][bold]odappip[/bold] wrote: worth every penny, keeps Hyndburn clean .[/p][/quote]meanwhile they cut meals on wheels for the elderly! wilddog
  • Score: 5

12:09pm Fri 30 May 14

abetterblackburn says...

An opportunity to offer a faulty bin design remedy . . .
A neighbour is disabled and have taken advantage of the councils disabled persons bin emptying service. Unfortunately rather than the bins being taken to the vans if the contents are bagged they are lifted out by hand but unfortunately the lids are left open afterwards. The bins therefore fill with rain water and become too heavy to empty by anyone who is disabled. Therefore I have drilled a hole in the base so when the lids are left open the rain can drain out. If the lids can not be closed afterwards perhaps a similar drain hole could be added to future designs?
An opportunity to offer a faulty bin design remedy . . . A neighbour is disabled and have taken advantage of the councils disabled persons bin emptying service. Unfortunately rather than the bins being taken to the vans if the contents are bagged they are lifted out by hand but unfortunately the lids are left open afterwards. The bins therefore fill with rain water and become too heavy to empty by anyone who is disabled. Therefore I have drilled a hole in the base so when the lids are left open the rain can drain out. If the lids can not be closed afterwards perhaps a similar drain hole could be added to future designs? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 2

5:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
An opportunity to offer a faulty bin design remedy . . .
A neighbour is disabled and have taken advantage of the councils disabled persons bin emptying service. Unfortunately rather than the bins being taken to the vans if the contents are bagged they are lifted out by hand but unfortunately the lids are left open afterwards. The bins therefore fill with rain water and become too heavy to empty by anyone who is disabled. Therefore I have drilled a hole in the base so when the lids are left open the rain can drain out. If the lids can not be closed afterwards perhaps a similar drain hole could be added to future designs?
In Many towns when it rainy or windy the operatives put the empty bins on their side !! Common sense I would have thought
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: An opportunity to offer a faulty bin design remedy . . . A neighbour is disabled and have taken advantage of the councils disabled persons bin emptying service. Unfortunately rather than the bins being taken to the vans if the contents are bagged they are lifted out by hand but unfortunately the lids are left open afterwards. The bins therefore fill with rain water and become too heavy to empty by anyone who is disabled. Therefore I have drilled a hole in the base so when the lids are left open the rain can drain out. If the lids can not be closed afterwards perhaps a similar drain hole could be added to future designs?[/p][/quote]In Many towns when it rainy or windy the operatives put the empty bins on their side !! Common sense I would have thought ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

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