Council’s ‘Big Clean Up’ to Combat Waste

Dozens of Doncaster Council staff are preparing to brave the chill and target known areas – or hot spots – across the borough to rid them of waste.

As part of our ‘This is My Doncaster – Keep it Clean’ campaign, the crackdown on litter, fly-tipping, dog-fouling and graffiti continues during the ‘Big Clean Up’ action week from 4th – 10th November.

Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Environment, issued a rallying call to all local residents.

“Complaints about people littering are raised at every meeting and consultation involving Doncaster residents who are clearly sick of those who appear to be oblivious and ignorant of how their carelessness blights many parts of Doncaster,” he said.

“So we are going to do something about it and would appreciate the public’s support. We want you to join us by heading out in force to tackle the problem and clamp down on those who offend.

“If you can afford the fixed penalty notices (FPNs) of £150, please continue. We issued 3038 FPNs for littering in the last 12 months. If you want to do something about your local area then please join us.

“Every week, we have requests from members of the public to provide equipment and support with litter picks and this is no different. We’re always happy to supply the tools that you need to participate in a litter pick whether with your friends, family or while walking the dog and we will also dispose of all the waste you collect.”

It will be all hands to the deck for the staff across the seven day event as they look to collect more than 100 tonnes of rubbish off the streets of Doncaster. They will also reiterate messages of how to be a responsible resident when attending Household Waste Recycling Centres and when placing bins out for refuse / recycling collections.

“Our teams collected somewhere in the region of 134 tonnes of dumped rubbish on our last action week during June,” added Cllr McGuinness.

“They also uncovered a tarantula in Balby which was quite a shock!”

“That’s nowhere near as shocking though as the increasing costs of removing the waste which is detrimental to the environment.”

If you wish to get involved email communications@doncaster.gov.uk 

If you wish to report instances of fly-tipping, go to http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/environmental/fly-tipping 

 

  • Category: Environment
Last updated: 05 November 2019 12:19:03