Outdated bins are replaced at Strand
FIVE new bins have been placed outside the Strand Shopping Centre and Hugh Baird College to help reduce litter.
The Champion has published a number of stories in recent months about litter and flytipping issues in Bootle, with MP Peter Dowd hitting out at those who dump rubbish in the town.
The new bins have been installed as part of a partnership between metal and plastic recycler, EMR and Bootle Action Group, a community group dedicated to picking up litter.
Founder of Bootle Action Group, Mike Brennan said: “We would like to thank EMR, who have funded the bins through our partnership with the company.
“The current ‘not fit for purpose’ bins outside the Stand and Hugh Baird have been replaced with these new bigger bins to help tackle the war on litter.
“Littering is a big issue in our town and I would ask everyone to put their litter in a bin or take it home. I am confident that these bins will encourage residents and visitors alike to act responsibly with their litter and keep Bootle clean and tidy.”
EMR general manager, Phil Hoare said: “At EMR we put a great deal of importance on supporting the communities that are close to our sites and we are delighted to have a partnership with an organisation that makes such a difference.
“We hope that installing the bins in these key locations will help reduce littering.”
EMR has donated over £2,500 to Bootle Action Group to replace damaged and run-down bins in the area, that have been criticised by locals for being outdated.
EMR launched a partnership with the group in 2017 to help clean up Bootle. As part of the partnership, EMR has committed to support large clean up events and projects across the town which have been scheduled throughout the year.
They have also provided hi vis jackets, safety equipment and warm clothing to keep the group safe and warm while cleaning the town.
Strand Shopping centre manager, Rowland Parry said: “We were delighted to have teamed up with Bootle Action Group and EMR and grateful that these new bins have been provided for around the centre. Not only have they encouraged a tidier look to the exterior of the centre but have also provided a much needed safety aspect in the extinguishing of cigarette butts and thus reducing bin fires around the centre. We hope to continue our partnership with Bootle Action Group and EMR moving forward.”
The new bins feature the logos of both Bootle Action Group and EMR.