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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Think about litter - don't drop it

Don’t drop litter  this summer! That’s the appeal from West Lancashire Borough Council as the holiday season gets underway.

Litter problems increase during the summer when people spend more time outdoors. While most people don’t drop litter, a small minority do, causing an eyesore for everyone as well as committing an offence.

Many roadside verges are littered with fast food cartons, bottles and other rubbish irresponsibly thrown from cars and vans. Plastic bottles, drink cartons, sweet wrappers, burger bags, cigarette stubs and other litter is dropped on pavements and in parks.

Cllr Kevin Wilkie, portfolio holder for street scene, said: “At this time of year we find even more litter than usual on roadsides and pavements. So now the holidays are underway we are asking people to make sure they don’t drop litter. Let’s all enjoy the summer and take responsibility for our litter.”

Cllr Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for health, said: “We can all help by using the litter or recycling bins, or taking our rubbish home. The Council’s enforcement officers make regular patrols and can issue £75 fixed penalty notices to offenders who drop litter or throw it from cars. Offenders could also face court action.”

Improving the cleanliness of the environment is a priority for the Council, which provides litter/dog waste bins, plus special on-street recycling bins in town centres. The amount of waste collected from the bins and picked up from the streets and public places adds up to around 70 tonnes each week – that’s about seven bin-wagon loads. Around £1million each year is spent by the Council on keeping our streets and pavements clean.

Environmental Enforcement Officers carry out uniformed patrols and issue fixed penalty notices to offenders. Fly tipping is an even more serious criminal offence and offenders can face fines of up to £50,000 for dumping household, commercial or industrial waste. 

Find out more about litter and how to report fly tipping online.

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