It seems that there are yard-maintenance companies who do not bother to pick up the garbage in the public places they are hired to maintain, but rather use their blowers to blow it into the street or into the neighbour’s property. In addition, there is an alarming increase of yard-maintenance companies who do not have any “professional” appearance whatsoever, meaning they appear to pull illegal trailers (i.e. no licence plate, no brake lights).
Is there a central authority that one can complain to? It doesn’t appear that DEH or RCIPS is concerned with any of these as they should be aware of these issues just as much as any other resident who has two functioning eyes.
Auntie’s answer: What you describe is annoyingly ironic, that companies tasked with making someone’s yard look nice and tidy are, at the same time, responsible for messing up the surrounding area.
For the rubbish aspect of your question, the regulating body is indeed the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), which explained, “The ‘blowing of waste products/trimmings’ into the streets or other property is considered littering and the offenders/company can be penalised under The Litter Law (1997 Revision).”
I hope you will be heartened to hear that this situation has caught the attention of the department because an official added, “The DEH will be more active in enforcing this aspect of the laws as it appears to be a common approach by several companies. Some companies have been verbally warned in the past to curtail such practices and they complied; however, several other companies are non-compliant.”
To help nab those miscreants, the department is also encouraging members of the public to let them know when they see a company blowing trash around or otherwise breaking the law. Call (949-6696) or email the DEH to register a complaint.
As for the issue with illegal trailers, this is a matter for the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing and was covered in a previous column (see Missing licence plates and illegal trailers).
In addition, if you want to complain about the DEH or any other government entity other than the RCIPS you can take that to the Office of the Complaints Commissioner (OCC). Here is a link to the OCC website for information on how to do that.