Roath resident takes rubbish fight online

June 24, 2011 3 Comments »
Roath resident takes rubbish fight online

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A Cardiff resident so fed up with the amount of rubbish his local streets has taken his litter-fight online.

Simon Jones started posting pictures of overturned bins, overspilling rubbish bags and seagull attacks in Roath on Twitter.

Mr Jones, who tweets photos from his iPhone on his walk to and from work, said he was “fed up” of the state the area was often left in.

He said: “I decided to do something about it, and Twitter is a great medium for posting pictures and letting people see the rubbish.

“For a city which is voted as one of the top 10 to visit this summer, it’s the other side of it that residents see.

“I am embarrassed when friends and family come to visit. I think let’s walk into the city centre, but then I remember the rubbish outside and decide we’d better take the car.”

The photos, which attract over 100 viewers each, are posted via the rubbishinroath feed which has already attracted the attention of council leader and Plasnewydd councillor Rodney Berman.

“Rodney’s been positive about the photos,” said Mr Jones, “he wants a more detailed location to be posted, and he suggested adding the street name to aid the council to clean them up.”

Mr Jones said he now copies the council and Coun Berman into every photo he tweets.

Cardiff council say they note Mr Jones’ tweets but require all issues with litter to be logged via their official channels.

A spokesman said: “Cardiff council is always keen to embrace all forms of communication and has its own Twitter account to contact, @cardiffcouncil.

“While it’s not practicable to respond to every tweet of a photograph of rubbish on the street, we closely monitor the situation on a daily basis.

“We would encourage any residents who spot particular problems to contact C2C on 02920 872087 and this will be referred to waste supervisors or enforcement teams as appropriate.”

The council said in the Roath, Plasnewydd and Cathays areas extra cleansing duties have begun for the next three weeks as part of ‘Get it out for Cardiff’.

A spokesman said: “Problems with litter on the streets often start from incorrectly presented waste so once again we would urge all residents to present their waste at the appropriate times and use their kerbside caddies for food waste.”

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  1. @markturner June 24, 2011 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I agree with him, the state of some of the streets is atrocious, however: "I think let’s walk into the city centre, but then I remember the rubbish outside and decide we’d better take the car." — is he serious??

  2. Pat June 25, 2011 at 1:03 am - Reply

    I'm fed up of the mess the seagulls make by ripping open the black bags in my street. We used to have the same problem with the food waste until they introduced the caddies. They are a real nuisance. We would be better off with wheelie bins instead of just putting black bags in the street especially as the refuse men don't come until late in the day to collect them.

  3. Mike August 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Cardiff council is more concerned about installing "traffic calming" measures which do nothing for safety and are merely an attempt to justify future congestion charges than maintaining the existing infrastructure around the city. The Roath area is plagued with properties with rubish dumped in their front yards for months and broken black bags on the streets and access lanes. Often you will see road cleaners picking the smallest piece of litter from the pavement immediately next to piles of rubbish in yards adjacent to the street. We have an increasing problem with vermin.

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