Rubbish and Rubbish Bins
A recent survey conducted by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT of people with impaired vision reported an alarmingly high percentage of footpath obstructions, such as overhanging branches, footpath dining, rubbish bins, signs and uneven paths which had impacted on each person's ability to get out and about in their local community. A person using a cane may not detect all hazards. A person using a Guide Dog may be taken off the path to avoid the hazard. A person with low vision may not see the hazard.
What happens when a footpath obstruction is encountered, the person must
- recover from the unexpected shock
- find their way around the hazard, which may sometimes force them into another hazardous situation
- relocate their path
- re-establish their direction
- continue on their journey with trepidation until their next encounter with a hazard
This impacts on a person's confidence and independence.
In order to help reduce the incidence of this happening, a few simple actions can make a big difference.
A survey of clients by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT revealed that a staggering 88% reported difficulties negotiating footpath obstructions with 40% of clients specifically indicating that rubbish and rubbish bins on footpaths are a major problem.
Ensure that full or empty bins and rubbish for council clean ups is placed off the footpath.
What can the public do?
|Make sure your bins are placed appropriately and retrieved as soon as possible|
|Keep an eye out for hazards and move bins and other rubbish off the footpath, if appropriate and possible|
|Report dumped rubbish to Council|
What can Councils do?
|Educate workers about this issue so that their practices minimise risk|
|Provide timely collection of items placed out for council clean up|
|Promptly clean up dumped items, particularly if they obstruct footpaths|