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Albert St residents kick up a stink

Last updated 13:18 24/01/2013

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"Just get rid of the clothing bins" is the message from Albert St residents to the city council as the never-ending illegal rubbish dumping on the street continues.

Of the 17 clothing bin sites around the city, Albert St is tied with Terrace End as the most abused site, with fly-tippers dumping everything from soiled mattresses and nappies to broken televisions on the grassy area beside the bins.

Albert St residents spoken to by the Manawatu Standard say Palmerston North City Council employees have to do a drive-by at 2:00pm every weekday to clean up the rubbish piles.

Bede Alpass, who lives across the street, believes the council's reactive approach to the problem is "stupid".

"Surely someone in the council must be getting a bit sick of doing it," Alpass said.

"And it doesn't work - within ten minutes of them collecting it there's stuff back there all over again.

"I've written to two mayors and asked them how they would like it on their street but nothing has been done.

"It's gone on long enough."

Alpass is under no illusions about what needs to happen.

"The bins need to go somewhere else, somewhere where there is a bit of supervision.

"Once the bins are gone I think [the dumping] will go away.

"Although now that people have started dumping there they might never stop."

Council spokesman Simon Cager said council could not move the bins without consultation with their owners, Seekers Megamart and Save Mart, who use the clothing bins to raise money for Child Cancer Research and Africa Arise charities.

The council were looking at putting up a surveillance camera and a sign as deterrents but would only force the bin owners to move them as a last resort, Cager said.

"As a charity bin, the Albert St one is used really well legally too.

"Obviously from our point of view these charities are good causes and we'd be quite keen to see the bins retained."

Cager said he understood dumping was blight on the area and the council were also unhappy with it.

"The council as a whole is essentially taking financial responsibility for cleaning up the site.

"I don't have exact figures but it's a reasonable drain on us so we are working with the owners of the bins to see what can be done."

Seekers Megamart manager Lynette Bartosh said they were also picking up rubbish regularly from the Albert St site, which was eating into the money they were raising for charity.

Moving the bin would not solve the problem, but simply shift it somewhere else, she said.

"It's costing us a fortune and the only temporary solution is to put up cameras and name and shame these people that are doing it."

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- Manawatu Standard

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