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Bigger bins to ease litter problem at ‘hotspot’ areas across borough

Bigger bins to ease litter problem at ‘hotspot’ areas across borough

by Danielle Thompson (October 2021)

IN a bid to tackle littering, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service has secured funding for 48 larger bins to be placed at ‘hotspots’ across the borough’s parks and coastal locations.

Open top 80-litre capacity bins across 48 spots in Sefton are being replaced with larger 120-litre capacity bins with a covered top.

A total of 20 of the new bins will feature a bright yellow top so that they are easier for people to spot when using those spaces.

Green Sefton is responsible for managing more than 500 bins across 121 sites and is using a successful bid for funding to target locations with high footfall and those that have historically been affected by nuisance littering.

A total of £22,358 in government funding has been awarded to the council under the Resource Action Fund.

Locations that will benefit from the new bins in Southport are: Ainsdale Village Park, Botanic Gardens, Hesketh Park and Bedford Park as well as Duke Street Park in Formby.

Cllr Ian Moncur, cabinet member for health and well-being, said: “Sefton has 22 miles of stunning coastline, more than 30 parks and around 180 open spaces. All these places have been more popular than ever throughout the pandemic, for both residents and visitors, as people have enjoyed spending more time outdoors.

“Sadly, not everyone has helped to protect these spaces by taking their rubbish home or using the bins provided. At the coast this can threaten rare species and damage sand dunes, and in parks it is incredibly unsightly and undermines the hard work our Green Sefton officers undertake on a daily basis to keep these spaces clean and tidy.

“Our aim here is to target key sites where we regularly see bins reach capacity. We’re also targeting areas with high levels of footfall where aimless littering often affects our communities who rely on these spaces.”

Green Sefton officers will monitor the impact of the new bins and it is hoped that they will reduce littering levels in some of the borough’s most-used outdoor spaces. Larger capacity bins may also help to reduce the frequency that they need to be emptied, freeing up officer time to carry out essential maintenance across other popular visitor locations.

People are also reminded that littering is a criminal offence and can ultimately result in a fine for those that continue to flout the rules. Anyone witnessed dropping litter by a Civil Enforcement Officer can be issued an on the spot Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.

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