A microwave, old damaged chairs, a coffee table, crutches and even a kitchen hood ... Nothing to do with that of Santa Claus.
These objects are not gifts for the city of Lisieux.
They litter a sidewalk dirtily, "while the recycling center is only five to ten minutes from here," plague Johnny Briard, deputy mayor in charge of technical services and cleanliness.
Every day, three to four wild deposits of this kind are identified in the city.
“It's true that there are quite a few, confirms a local resident.
It surprises me and it shocks me, ”she squeaks.
In the car, a relative abounds: "And you would see in the countryside!"
People take advantage of not seeing them and presto !, they unload ”.
The phenomenon is not new, and urban areas are no exception.
The crutches and company, found Tuesday, May 4, are the result of the move from one of the nearby garages, according to the elected official.
“A couple left this with us.
A classic case, ”he laments.
Between 35 and 40 tonnes of bulky items in a week
These deposits fall all the more badly because they arise at a crossroads of skills between the urban community, in charge of waste collection, and the city. “The agglomeration is not required to intervene on this kind of thing. It is the municipality that is responsible for the cleanliness of Lisieux. So it is an additional charge, for the town hall, with the taxes of the Lexoviens. »Two officers patrol on a daily basis - among other cleaning operations - to evacuate these bulky items.
Lisieux is not an isolated case.
The elected representatives of the sector also face a problem regularly mentioned at the national level.
But we are annoyed by a tenacious recurrence.
Last June, the agglomeration community carried out a large collection.
“People continued to put things in the street afterwards,” recalls Johnny Briard.
To the point of having to expedite a second tour with a dizzying result: between 35 and 40 tonnes of bulky items in the space of a week ...
Because "in 2021, we can no longer get rid of our belongings in the street", the municipality will go to meet its citizens, "to inform about the new sorting instructions and explain the efforts to be made.
We can recover this waste.
And when city officials pick them up, they don't have time to do it.
So we have to empower.
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Perhaps the elected officials will hear the objection formulated by a resident: “The waste reception center is not open enough.
The queues are long.
"Health regulations are slowing down the service, as the agglomeration recognizes on its website.
Anyway, the tone will harden with the creation, by the end of the year, of the future municipal police.
"There will be measures," warns the assistant in charge of cleanliness.
We will verbalize.
Today, it is impossible because it is a police power, and the national police force has other missions.
But the municipal will be able to do it when it takes people in the act ”.
Do many act stealthily, without being seen? Their actions are often spotted by exasperated residents who do not hesitate to alert. The fight against incivility takes a more repressive turn. In Bayeux, a civilian patrol project is underway to punish unscrupulous passers-by. In Calvados, the lack of common sense will end up costing money.