Thousands of kilograms of household waste collected during fly-tipping campaign
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The wards of Whitefield, Cloverhill, Southfield and Marsden in Nelson and Waterside in Colne were specifically chosen for the project, following investigations which showed fly-tipping is more prominent in terraced housing areas, where there are high levels of rented properties with a high turnover of residents.
Flyers were also put through the letterboxes of 4,522 properties giving details of the collection points.
On five Saturday mornings during September and October, Pendle Council provided a large skip and a refuse collection vehicle. Staff were on-hand to safely dispose of any unwanted items and answer any questions residents had about the services the council delivers, and how waste or materials can be correctly disposed of.
Coun. Asjad Mahmood, leader of Pendle Borough Council, said: “It was good to see so many residents take advantage of the service we provided. I hope they will also have been educated on what to do with their waste in future after talking to our staff who were on hand to help them on the day.”
A total of 179 residents took advantage of the service, with quite a few of them making more than one visit.
In Whitefield ward, a total of 3420kgs of waste was collected; in Cloverhill ward 2320kgs was disposed of; 2420kgs was collected in Southfield ward; 2940kgs in Marsden ward and 2240kgs in Colne’s Waterside ward.
The total amount of bulky and mixed waste collected was 13,340kgs.
David Walker, Pendle Borough Council's assistant director of operational services, said the programme, the first of its kind in the area, had been a success.
“The events were well received and appreciated by all the residents that visited us. At each location we had some good conversations with residents about the services we offer and their own duty to make sure they dispose of their waste items responsibly.
“Officers visiting the areas after the events recorded a continued improvement, so all in all, we feel the exercise was a success.”
The next stage of the campaign is to produce a leaflet to be distributed to all households in the wards covered. It will be written in a number of different languages so it will be clear for all residents of all nationalities to understand what to do with their unwanted bulky household waste.
Coun. Zafar Ali, Pendle Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, added: “The point of this Cleaner Neighbourhoods Project was to concentrate on areas in Pendle with the greatest amount of fly-tipping cases per population.
“We are happy residents took advantage of the service we provided and with this information leaflet that is being produced for them to refer to, there will be no excuse for people to dump their rubbish on the streets.”