More flexible collection times, locked bins or a tax on takeaways – these are just some of the suggestions to stop litter being spread across Cardiff city centre.
While the council has received very public criticism for the state of the city centre, others have criticised businesses for adding to the problem by putting waste out incorrectly or at the wrong times.
The council says that because of the different closing times of city centre venues, it can cause issues.
They have upped their collections, sending out crews later at night, after the day shift have finished.
But despite showing before and after pictures on Twitter, city residents are still highlighting problem areas.
A previously issued statement read: “After city centre takeaways close in the early hours of the morning, they put their waste out for collection.
“As soon as this happens, the waste is being attacked by gulls. We are working with these businesses to ensure their waste is contained or to take appropriate action. In the last week we have made significant improvements and we will continue to work with businesses to ensure this continues.”
‘More co-operation between businesses and the council’
The council says that negotiations are ongoing with city businesses to find a solution. One business it is working with is Burger King where suggestions include either a large wheelie bin, or bins being collected from inside the store by binmen to eliminate the bags being left outside at the mercy of seagulls.
Businessman Giovanni Malacrino says that there needs to be more co-operation between businesses and the council.
He said there used to be a 6am pick-up by litter crews, which meant waste collected by nightclubs was taken away before most commuters arrived in the city for work.
“What’s frustrating is that the council have never put in a bin store area for restaurants who haven’t got their own,” Mr Malacrino said.
“They should also be going round and making sure restaurants do things like double bag their waste.
“Restaurants and the council should also be made to power clean the street, as it’s sticky and smelly.
“It’s catch-22, because I think businesses need to be more responsible and the council should be more flexible and for example turn up at midnight and get rid of the restaurant waste.
“What’s the point in a 5pm collection? People are still eating and walking home then.”
WalesOnline reader “SteveYoung” suggested: “The takeaway chains ought to have a litter tax put on them to fund extra cleaners, who may be able to stand outside these outlets with black bags showing the litterbugs how to place litter INTO a bag/bin.”
Yanto added : “Town and city centre businesses should be using wheely bin type containers not bin bags”.
ATK added : “Why in the world do they allow fast food takeaways to leave their rubbish in plastic bags – of course the gulls and vermin will just rip them open, anyone with half a brain knows that.”