A woman, who lives on Peel Road, said she was “petrified” to go to her garden because of the rats; while a man living on Thornton Road said his street looks like a ‘bomb went off’.
Dozens more say they have reported similar issues to the Sefton Council on numerous occasions.
So what can be done with the garbage?
The residents of Bootle have made a number of suggestions.
Sandra Hodson said, “I pay to have my trash taken out, but there are sofas and mattresses thrown in and all kinds of stuff in the back entrance.
“They should put cameras and good people. “
Arthur Cooper said: “They should put in free skips once a month, it would be cheaper than paying for cleanings. ”
Gavin Scott said: “Sadly due to massive financial cuts and Covid-19 the council is stuck between a rock and a tough place on all the fly / garbage / weed dumping issues. Parts of Bootle look like a scene from the zombie apocalypse. .
“In my own experience, living fairly close to the Strand, a lot of the fly dumps tend to come from people outside the area who dump late at night.
“But unfortunately, a lot of the waste comes from locals without concern or respect for their community. They sort of think it’s okay. ”
Lisa Portelli said: “We need more bins everywhere so maybe people will use them instead of throwing their garbage on the floor. And why don’t we recycle [in Bootle]? Where I lived I recycled almost everything, but here you can hardly recycle a thing. I just don’t understand. ”
One woman said: “Most of the back alleyways seem blocked. This needs to be taken more seriously because in the event of a fire none of us have any other way out.
“Will someone die before [the council] take this seriously?
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“It’s a zip code lottery. You wouldn’t see this in Southport or Formby! ”
A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “Many streets in Sefton cannot accommodate wheeled bins in every house, but they can certainly accommodate Euro bins with locks that residents have access to.
“There are ways that it can be abused, but there are also ways that people can be penalized for doing it.
“The council owns The Strand and has a strong influence in other shopping areas, it can use this advantage to encourage or induce stores to reduce waste. Provide programs for people who return glass bottles (instead of selling plastic bottles) and make the option available for customers to bring their own packaging. ”
The Sefton Council said it has a zero tolerance approach to flytipping.
The authority also said community trash cans and local dumpsters are the responsibility of neighborhood councilors, so anyone looking to get one should hire their local councilor.
A council spokesperson said: “We are delighted to see so many residents as passionate as we are about tackling fly spills and litter across Sefton.
“Like every city in the country, there is a small minority of irresponsible people who just can’t bother to get rid of their sofas, mattresses, household items, etc. responsibly.
“In 2019 alone, we were called upon to remove more than 2,000 tonnes of discarded waste costing the authority around £ 1 million.
“We have a zero tolerance approach to fly tipping and in cases where evidence has been collected, we will investigate who is responsible.
“Tipping is a crime and we will issue fixed penalty notices and prosecute offenders wherever we can.
“Many residents also hire third parties to remove household waste and large bulky items from their properties – but most are unaware of the rules and regulations that cover these types of waste disposal.
“By law, people are required to ensure that the person or company who collects their waste is authorized to do so and is registered with the Environment Agency as the official waste carrier.
“It is also essential to keep the name and address of the person or company that disposes of your waste.
“On average 20 tonnes of flies thrown away is left in lanes and back alleys each week, resulting in bills of £ 2,600 in disposal costs alone.
“We know this waste is dumped illegally by residents and businesses in the immediate area, but they don’t realize how damaging it is to their own health.
There also appears to be less flytipping in North Sefton because there are no closed back alleys in the north of the borough.
What the community does and how we can all help
There are a number of large local community groups and projects aimed at tackling the South Sefton waste problem.
The Rufford Community Garden is just one of many groups working hard to clean up the local area.
The project aims to create communal “gardens” in the alleys.
Another program is the L30 Litter Pickup Project, run by the Netherton community and Little World Cafe in Bootle.
And there’s Taking Root, which connects community growth, food and health projects across South Sefton.
The Bootle Action Group (BAG) is a community group dedicated to creating a cleaner, brighter Bootle.
BAG is working with local elected officials and other organizations to report and clean up “grot spots” in the L20 area.
People can also do their part by reporting thefts and garbage to council.
You can do this by calling 0345 140 0845 or on the Sefton Council website