New paladin bins have been put in place Cliftonville West following an article in The Isle of Thanet News about issues with broken lids and overflowing rubbish.
After the article was published Cliftonville West councillors were contacted by many residents in the area, and posts were made to social media, about the lack of bin capacity in areas including Ethelbert and Northdown roads.
Councillors Alan Currie, Heather Keen and Harry Scobie made request to the council to deal with the issues.
Extra bins have now been placed at Northdown and Ethelbert roads which will be emptied at least twice a day. A focus on problem spots has also been requested by Cliftonville West councillors.
On top of the daily street cleansing, the council has set up a rolling rota for deep cleaning teams, they will operate three days per week and rotate around different areas tackling areas that need extra attention.
Cllr Alan Currie said Streetscene Enforcement also monitors the area for waste related anti- social behaviour such as fly tipping.
Cllr Currie said: “If safe and appropriate storage is possible, households are always issued a black waste bin or seagull proof bag for the normal weekly collection. However, there are still many households in the area who live in upper floor flats who cannot store bins or bags and rely on the communal bins.
“The huge amount of extra waste generated by households since the covid pandemic in 2020 continues to be a challenge for all councils and particularly areas such as Cliftonville West with so many high density flats sometimes with up to six families in a single house.
“Council resources are certainly stretched and since 2010 there has been a 60% funding cut by the Central Government to TDC.
“Recycling in the area – and elsewhere in Thanet – of course must improve and Cliftonville West Councillors continue to help and encourage residents to recycle their rubbish wherever possible. Following the recent purchase of 20 sealed recycling containers by TDC we have been assured that our ward will receive a fair share of them once they are issued.”