Council launches campaign to tackle takeaway litter problem in Havering
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:25 13 August 2013
Enjoy your takeaway, and then bin it – this is the message the council is sending out from this week as part of its Cleaner Havering campaign.
Facts about litter in Elm Park
210 - bags of rubbish collected each week
12 - number of times rubbish is collected in one week
12 - number of hours the streets are sweeped each day
1 - number of times a mechanical sweeper attends each week
60 - number of hours spent hand-sweeping and litter-picking in one week
In a new initiative to tackle takeaway litter, Havering Council has teamed up with local businesses to help keep the borough’s streets, parks and town centres clean and tidy.
Cllr Barry Tebbutt, cabinet member for StreetCare, said takeaway litter is the next big priority for the Cleaner Havering campaign.
In last year’s Spring Clean Survey, takeaway packaging was cited by 44 per cent of residents as the biggest litter issue in town centres and second only to dog fouling in parks, according to Cllr Tebbutt.
The council is urging outlets and their customers to bin their rubbish and keep Havering clean – and a number of shops have already pledged their support.
The campaign encourages takeaways, snack shops and supermarkets to sign a pledge to encourage customers to bin their rubbish and to regularly clean up outside their premises.
The shops will also display the council’s campaign posters and put special campaign stickers on their food packaging.
This week the campaign was launched in Elm Park, which was identified by the survey as one of the areas with the worst takeaway litter problem.
The results showed that more residents in Elm Park thought that takeaway litter was a problem than in most other neighbourhoods in Havering.
The campaign will then gradually be rolled out across the borough.
Flies and vermin
Cllr Tebbutt said: “We know most people do the right thing and use bins to dispose of their rubbish after they’ve enjoyed a burger or a sandwich, but sadly not everyone does.
“Wrappers, takeaway cartons and packages don’t just look terrible on the street, they also attract flies and vermin.
“No one wants to see that in their local town centre – and although I’m really grateful to the shop owners who have pledged to clean up outside their stores, they really shouldn’t have to.
“We want everyone to take responsibility for binning their rubbish and take pride in where they live. After all, it only takes a few seconds.
“I’m really happy that so many local businesses have already pledged their support to our campaign and have signed up to it already,” added Cllr Tebbutt.
“We are going to work our way across the borough, signing up even more takeaways.”
Visit www.havering.gov.uk/takeaway for more information on signing up.
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