Management of waste at Fish Quay a vital exercise

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I WRITE in relation to the article about how a resident had seen an example of very careless positioning of the large type of rubbish bins on the Fish Quay in front of the excellent heritage information board (News Guardian, April 19).

The photo used also shows other ‘difficulties’ well known to the council, in that the overfilling means the lids cannot be closed.

The name of the waste management company is also clear, but they cannot beheld responsible for the use made of the bins, other than perhaps to advise on a more careful method of working is inherent in the contract.

These bins will almost certainly be used by the various outlets in the area and will contain a large proportion of food wastes and wrappings.

Some bins not too far away are for fish waste, only too well known to the council and public alike.

They are probably all dealt with daily and move around.

The heritage issues of the Fish Quay and related areas such as Smith’s Dock, Knotts Flats, have been dealt with for some years by voluntary groups and various officers of public bodies.

The string of heritage boards up into the centre of North Shields are a fine example of their work, in my opinion.

An advanced waste management routine has been sought and at present a questionnaire is out for public consultation.

It covers a wide range of projects, some more immediately possible than others, and there is space for anyone to state their own particular visions, or just to say something quite small if they wish.

The issue of waste management figures high in the considerations of these voluntary groups because it is such a prominent feature of what happens.

Their main effort is to regenerate various heritage and historic features of the riverside – cleaning up as they find necessary.

Smaller details do occur, some more entertaining than others.

For example, why is the yellow grit-salt box still at the blue buoy’s sculpture when we thought it had been agreed to move it some time ago?

Perhaps someone believes it ‘adds’ to the theme of the sculpture.

A M JOHNSON Cullercoats