Make city councils / local authorities CLEAN MORE!

Whenever you see the images of countries emerging from lockdown, there are always teams of cleaners in full PPE hosing down streets etc. Instead, Glasgow City Council has done the opposite. They haven't cleaned my street in at least 8 weeks, they no longer collect food compost bins, they collect the green refuse and blue recycling bins and DO NOT CLEAN THEM....but worse, they don't even put them back in the same back court they were originally collected from! What exactly is it about 'spreading the virus' that local authorities / councils don't understand? You are taking bins used by an average of 8 different families in a close, not cleaning them, then returning these bins to a DIFFERENT 8 families to use! How exactly can that NOT be spreading the virus?
I have yet to see a public / street bin, parking meter or public bench being cleaned either!
Come on Scottish Government, we need some kind of enforcement in place that local authorites have better hygiene standards, regular deep cleaning of bins and public utilities, and don't just abandon us in filthy streets!

Why the contribution is important

Because hygiene kills the virus!!! If we want to stop the virus spreading, we need to ensure a higher level of public / utilities cleanliness from the authorities....We, the public, are playing our part by regular handwashing etc, it's time for the local authorities to step up to the mark! Glasgow City Council are talking about widening the roads....but not cleaning them more. That's a ridiculous order of priority in a pandemic!

by julselis on May 06, 2020 at 01:24AM

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  • Posted by Kirklistonjohn May 06, 2020 at 01:46

    It’s not a case of making council clean more - cleansing has been the poor relation of council services for may years. Councils need more resources to clean more. Cleansing services have suffered from years of cuts due to the perceived higher importance of schools and social work. Yet many schools are only half full but politicians won’t rationalise schools for fear of losing votes
  • Posted by Janmat1724 May 06, 2020 at 01:53

    Making sure rubbish is collected has to be good for us all. In time of stress living in a deteriorating environment makes it harder.
  • Posted by vivienwatt May 06, 2020 at 07:23

    Is it possible to go down the route of sanitising our streets. I know in Abu Dhabi folk were put on a curfew and weren’t allowed out from 10pm to 6am so that all streets could be sanitised.
  • Posted by Lynseyspice May 06, 2020 at 07:33

    School cleaning has been cut back and cut back. We need appropriate cleaning regimes in place for schoools
  • Posted by Phoebe May 06, 2020 at 07:46

    Still, I think re Rubbish it is very much the Kennedy phrase
     ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Which is more appropriate. We can all pick up rubbish with gloves and tongs we can all improve our hygiene practices at home. None of us are perfect
  • Posted by Rainbowbright May 06, 2020 at 08:08

    Reopen household waste recycling centres please
  • Posted by MargaretR19 May 06, 2020 at 08:11

    Increased resources for local authorities in short and long term with appropriate measures in place. Italy for example is disinfecting streets even in rural villages. In Scotland our streets and our countryside are becoming overrun with litter and debris. Was bad previously but worse now and cannot assist the situation
  • Posted by BiggGrumperz May 06, 2020 at 08:11

    While it would be great to have frequently emptied and cleaned bins, councils don't have the money because voters won't pay the taxes to support that level. Bins aren't a primary source for the virus anyway, so money, resources and time spent best in other areas.
  • Posted by Louisethomson20 May 06, 2020 at 08:12

    Is there scientific evidence the images of disinfecting streets etc reduces spread? Perhaps the mixing of bins since it appears the virus is long lasting on surfaces so let's let the public know this! And thjnk of ways to keep council workers safe as they continue to provide these services...
  • Posted by MTL May 06, 2020 at 08:23

    Garden waste bin is not being emptied. Noticed rats in grassy areas next to shops. Streets unclean. Try to pick up litter on my walk but bins are full.
    Invest in street cleansing please.
  • Posted by SoWhatNow May 06, 2020 at 09:01

    Yes, as long as local government is properly resourced to do this along with social care.
  • Posted by Jeannie May 06, 2020 at 10:02

    I think spraying of streets/ communal areas where it will help is a good idea but spraying places just because it looks good would be a waste of resources
    So need to listen to advice from experts on this
  • Posted by IndyScot1000 May 07, 2020 at 21:19

    absolutely agree, if general cleaning was more prioritised this would cut down on people feeling forced to dump stuff, all schools and LA workplaces should also be prioritised for prevention of virus, germ spreading, a lot of places could be deep cleaned regularly, my son came in and told me there was no soap in the toilets at school for 2 weeks, they couldn’t get it ordered for some reason and they use their fones all the time now. if children don’t see adults doing it, they won’t ever copy. Govt should fine shops and businesses for not keeping very high standards, Glasgow is like a tip these days, it embarrasses me.
  • Posted by MaryL May 08, 2020 at 10:31

    Communal bins are not being emptied even as they were pre-lock down in my street in Edinburgh. Why? It's self evident that folk living at and working (if they're lucky) from home create more rubbish. Simple. We need more rubbish collection, not less.
  • Posted by Sandi May 09, 2020 at 11:11

    Regarding household bins, regardless of where a local council worker leaves them:

    If someone is not WASHING THEIR HANDS after touching ANY bin at ANY time under ANY circumstances, , then they neeed to take a serious look at their personal hygiene.

    It's certainly fair to say we're filling our bins quicker these days at the same time that councils are struggling with staffing and other issues. Could we lift the restriction on the council emptying only what's in the household bin and now allow the collection of any 'overflow' of, say, one black bag of rubbish?
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