'The first line of defence against litter and detritus is the public'
The man in charge of keeping Bath clean and tidy says the public must play their part.
Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield), cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Bath and North East Somerset Council, has said the authority is winning the battle against grime but residents and visitors also need to take responsibility for the state of the city's streets.
He said: "It is not the council which throws litter on the ground, sprays graffiti or fly-tips. It is people who don't give this behaviour a second thought who spoil the environment.
"The first line of defence against litter and detritus is the public and we'd ask them to play their part in the war on grime."
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Mr Dixon said people could help by putting litter in bins, using food waste containers and contacting the council about grime hotspots.
He said: "If the public can support us in this way, we are in a better position to target our resources towards tackling other grime hotspots not related to crisp packets and chocolate bar wrappers."
Mr Dixon said the council was keen to see the results of a reusable rubbish bag trial with 1,000 households, which if successful will be extended to other parts of the city.
He added that 26 new belly bins, with eight times more capacity than normal bins, introduced last month were working well and the council hoped to buy more.
However, he has continued to rule out the possibility of Bath getting wheelie bins. He said thousands of properties were not built to store wheelie bins and a dual collection system would be expensive.
He said: "A dual collection system of wheelie bins and rubbish bags would be inefficient and extremely costly as specially adapted vehicles would be required to collect the waste and collections would take much longer. Our sack collection service is very efficient, requiring fewer vehicles and staff than comparable wheelie bin services in other areas. If people present their waste in strong plastic bags or traditional dustbins, the litter impacts will be reduced."
The city cleaning boss also dismissed the suggestion of overnight refuse collections, which could help prevent rubbish sacks being targeted by animals.
Mr Dixon said: "Firstly, rubbish collections create noise and I'm not sure how much residents would welcome being woken up overnight, especially families with young children.
"Secondly, collecting black sacks in the pitch dark is more difficult than at dawn or in broad daylight potentially resulting in missed collections. Thirdly, the costs could mount up with the council having to pay premium wage rates for waste collection staff working overnight."