Council surveying city centre business waste storage and disposal

The arrangements for the storage and disposal of business waste in Inverness City Centre are to be surveyed by Council Officers of The Highland Council’s Environmental Health Service over the coming weeks to gather information and views.

Gregor MacCormick, Highland Council’s Environmental Health Officer explained: “We are responding to comments from the public and Highland Council Members about the appearance of Inverness City Centre which is increasingly considered to be getting spoilt by large numbers of trade waste bins on our streets, many of which are permanently stored on pavements and in other public spaces.

“The numbers and position of bins have expanded in recent years partly due recycling requirements. Commercial waste is disposed of by private operators as well as the local authority. The problems caused by waste permanently stored on our streets cuts across all service providers - as waste can attract vermin, causes litter and obstruction issues for people with mobility difficulties.”

Mike Smith, Inverness BID Manager said: “Inverness BID supports this survey which is to establish a base level of information on arrangements for business waste. We look forward to then reviewing the results with the Highland Council to work to develop a strategy to improve the situation”

He added: “I am sure everybody recognises that improving the appearance of our streets will benefit all who use them but the solutions proposed must work for all the city centre stakeholders”

Mr MacCormick and Environmental Health colleagues will be visiting businesses within Inverness city centre throughout October and early November.

Comments are also welcomed by The Highland Council about the issue of city centre commercial bins by emailing: EHOs.inverness@highland.gov.uk

6 Oct 2015
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