Council planning more action on litter

22 March 2017

A  pilot project to improve street cleaning in Newark town centre has been so successful it has been made permanent – and a similar scheme is to start shortly in a neighbouring ward.

A litter picker armed with a barrow and the necessary equipment was recruited in December, specifically to further improve the standard of cleaning on streets in the town.

The cost of the initiative is shared between Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark Town Council.

Inspections of routine work and response times to incidental issues of litter have improved with favourable comments from the public and local business owners.

A new project will now start in Hawtonville in the next few weeks in a concerted effort to try to achieve the same results that have been experienced in the town centre. This will enable existing cleansing staff to improve other areas of the district and follows a study which identified locations where there were a higher number of complaints regarding litter.

Councillor Peter Duncan, chairman of the leisure and environment committee, said: “Both District Council and Newark Town Council have been extremely pleased with the results that have been achieved in Newark town centre and we must strive to maintain these high standards here and throughout the district.

“The visible presence of a cleansing operative in heavily littered areas has been proven to have a positive impact on reducing litter. The additional resource provided by these initiatives will also have a positive effect on, and complement, the council’s Cleaner, Greener Strategy. We anticipate that by having a barrow orderly in the Hawtonville area that it will also have a similar positive impact on what is one of the district’s most problematic area for littering.”

The study also identified that greater education was needed on the issue of litter throughout the district and there will be a campaign, starting in April, to address the problem.  This will focus on fly-tipping and littering as well as the authority’s garden waste schemes, bulky waste services and trade waste services as a large amount of garden waste and commercial waste is still ending up in our hedgerows and laybys.

As part of the campaign the council’s bin lorries will have information displayed on the vehicle’s sides, advertising services and highlighting the problem issues.

The A1 trunk road also remains a litter hotspot and the council has been carrying out the necessary staff safety training and risk assessments to ensure that it meets the relevant legislation when carrying out limited works on trunk roads.

In order to reduce the impact of wind-blown litter the council’s waste and recycling business unit has also funded 240 litre litter bins for every A1 layby in the district. Passing bin lorries will ensure these are emptied on a regular basis on the 16-mile stretch of highway that the council has responsibility for.

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