Illegal waste in Hürth: municipal utilities employ rubbish detectives

The municipal utilities will take stronger action against wild garbage. At the request of the CDU and the Greens, the board of directors decided to hire two environmental officers who not only act as garbage detectives, but also advise on waste disposal.

Two of the employees should be on the road where there were the most complaints. They are supposed to search for illegally disposed of garbage on streets and paths, playgrounds and school grounds as well as in parks and to secure evidence that leads to the perpetrators. The alliance also relies on deterrence when using garbage detectives. “Our goal is to achieve a preventive effect in the medium term through the mere presence of the environmental officers, so that there are no more such administrative offenses”, explains CDU parliamentary group leader Björn Burzinski.

Hürth: SPD speaks out against garbage detectives

The costs for the two locations – around 80,000 euros per year – are to be passed on to the garbage fees. According to the environmental policy spokesman for the CDU, Rüdiger Winkler, that only amounts to a few euros per year and ton. Greens group spokesman Hendrik Fuchs assumes that the use of the garbage detectives pays off because it helps to avoid wild garbage. “After all, disposal also costs money.”

The SPD rejected the job. Board member Michael Kleofasz criticized that the introduction was insufficiently justified and that there was no job description. It does not make sense to him why the garbage detectives are located at the municipal utilities and not in the public order office, which is responsible for the prosecution of administrative offenses – including garbage sins. Winkler countered that it was also about advice. In addition, the environmental officer could arrange for disposal directly.

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