Business waste tidy up in Worcester city centre began last week

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Business waste sacks must be kept off the streets until collection day or face prosecution

A business waste crackdown began last week in Worcester city centre and shopkeepers failing to adhere to the new ruling could face a £100 fine.

Since last week, all shopkeepers in the city centre must store their waste sacks out of view and off the streets, only placing them outside on their nominated collection day between the hours of 6am to 9.30am.

Business waste tidy up in Worcester city centre began last week

Worcester City Centre © Copyright Julian P Guffogg and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The new ruling comes after years of worry over sacks of waste being left out in the streets 24 hours a day, with seagulls ripping open bags and late night revellers tipping out the contents and making a mess in areas of the centre such as the High Street.

Retailers have been given a short period of time by council chiefs to get used to the new rule but warned that after so long, those who disobey will be dealt with in a serious manner. If caught, businesses could be liable to a £100 fine and those refusing to pay could end up in court. However, if the £100 fine is paid within fourteen days, the amount will be reduced to £60.

All businesses in the city centre have been informed of the changes – giving time for owners, manangers and staff members to prepare and get used to the new ruling.

Cabinet member for clean, green and leisure services, Councillor Jabba Riaz, said: “With Worcester having recently been praised for its cleanliness and the high quality of the city centre, it’s been gratifying to see businesses pulling together to comply with these rules and support our city.”

Adrian Field, from Worcester’s Business Improvement District (BID), said: “Smartening up the city centre will help with gulls, revellers and also help with tourism.”

Up until the new rule was introduced, many shopkeepers would place their waste sacks out the night before their collection was due, leaving them vulnerable to abuse.

The new ruling is set for review every six months.

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