Volunteers back mayor’s call to clean up streets

September 25 2014

MEMBERS of the public rolled up their sleeves last month and joined in on a nationwide clean-up day to help improve the local environment.

MEMBERS of the public rolled up their sleeves last month and joined in on a nationwide clean-up day to help improve the local environment.
Residents were joined by Bristol mayor George Ferguson in clearing some of the rubbish that litters streets in Bishopston and Redland as part of the Let's do it! UK aniti-waste movement.
According to John Atkinson, the council's Streetwise project coordinator, the day was "a great success".
The Bishopston group, which had nine volunteers, collected over 20 bags from local streets.
The council reports that it costs over £5m a year to clear up cigarette butts, bottles, cans, chewing gum, pieces of paper and other waste across the city.
Every year the council collects around 6,000 tonnes of street litter and around 1,400 tonnes of fly-tip material.
The mayor said: “It is essential we continue this good work by ensuring the city is clean, tidy and well presented. We should be intolerant of the carelessness and thoughtlessness of individuals and establishments that cause the litter in the first place.
“I believe that we should all take some responsibility for looking after our environment – especially as we lead up to being European Green Capital next year.”
The Let’s do it! campaign began in Estonia in 2008 and is a global network of anti-waste movements that have united ten million volunteers.
Dropping litter in a public place is a criminal offence and can result in a fixed penalty notice of £75 or a fine - if taken to court - of up to £2,500.

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