ASHFIELD: Street cleaners down tools to highlight cost of litter

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Street cleaners downed tools at the weekend, as part of a controversial experiment highlighting the high cost of littering in Ashfield.

It currently costs over £1m a year for Ashfield District Council’s Environmental Services team to clean up the area’s streets, emptying bins, picking up litter and cleaning up dog fouling,.

To highlight the issues, Ashfield joined a Keep Britain Tidy project, using locations in Hucknall, Kirkby and Sutton town centres along with the High Street in Jacksdale. In each area one half of the street was cleaned as usual by the weekend teams and the other left untouched by the council from Friday to Sunday

At the end of the experiment, items left littering the streets including carrier bags, lotto tickets and fast food cartons

The council received feedback from people of ages, including Sam, a 4 year old from Hucknall, who noticed the litter during a visit into town on Saturday morning; telling the authority: “People have been naughty and not put their litter in the bins.”

Sarah from Sutton also commented, saying: “There’s lots of litter, I think it’s a good thing the council are showing this, people should stop dropping it.”

At Sunday lunchtime the experiment ended and the weekend teams cleaned up the untidy areas.

A council spokesman said there had been no cost incurred during the experiment but it aimed to highlight that if the Council stopped cleaning up the district would get messy, very quickly.

Cllr Andrew Davidson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Public Health and Community Protection said; “We hope this experiment has highlighted the issue with litter and just because the Council’s Environmental Services teams clean up, doesn’t mean it is acceptable to drop it.

“The best approach is prevention and we urge everyone who does litter to think a little bit more about the impact of their actions.”