Merton sees in New Year with new anti-litter code

Merton Council is seeing in the New Year with the publication of its new anti-litter code, which sets out what residents can expect from the council and how residents can help to stop people littering the borough.

The 19-point code lists the actions the council takes to clear up the litter from the borough’s roads and pavements, including investing in street cleaning equipment and enforcing the £75 fine for dropping litter. The code also includes a number of ways in which residents and visitors to the borough can help the council tackle litter and keep Merton clean.

Over the next few months the council will be rolling out a new smart phone “app” which will make it easier for people to report litter hotspots. The council is also investing in new street cleaning equipment including mechanical sweepers as well as more “smart bins” that use solar power to compact rubbish, which have already proved a success in the borough’s parks. On top of this, the roll out of over 200 new butt and gum bins across the borough is almost complete.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental cleanliness Councillor Judy Saunders said: “We support residents who want an end to people dropping litter in our borough. We are grateful to those groups and residents who highlight litter hot spots and fly tips to us. Residents are the eyes and ears of Merton, and if there is a problem, we want to hear about it so we can to do our best to resolve it.  We are proud that our staff and services received the Best Achieving Council award and we want to build on this success to make Merton even better. Please help us and get behind the code.”

Number crunching:

  • 102: number of Merton street cleaners
  • 700: number of litter bins across Merton
  • 375 km: length of roads swept
  • 4,600 tonnes: amount of litter and fly tipping cleared from the streets every year (90 tonnes a week) – that’s enough to fill 460 double decker buses
  • £75: the amount people caught dropping litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum, will be fined.

People can see Merton’s anti-litter code by visiting www.merton.gov.uk/anti-littercode.

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