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High litter levels revealed


Rushcliffe has unsatisfactory levels of litter and waste, but is good at keeping graffiti, flytipping and flyposting at bay, according to a survey by Keep Britain Tidy.

The survey was carried out for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It found unsatisfactory levels of litter and detritus, which includes organic matter such as grit, leaves, blossom fall and sand.

Unsatisfactory means most people would consider there is a problem with the environmental issue.

However, the survey found an absence or insignificant level of graffiti, flytipping and flyposting across the borough.

A total of 32 environmental issues were looked into for the survey.

Mr David Banks, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s head of environment and waste, said: “The council’s Streetwise service is constantly striving to keep the borough clean, green and safe.

“Generally, we are happy with the content of the report, although we have identified some areas for potential improvement.

“As always, we will be looking for ways to make those improvements in an efficient and effective manner that provides great value for money and a level of service that our residents and visitors expect and deserve.”

The council is asking for people and organisations such as schools and businesses to help clean up their area.

Anybody interested can visit www.thebigtidyup.org to register.

Anyone signing up will receive a tidy up kit containing tabard bibs and sacks.

A guide, posters to promote the clean-up, badges and stickers, will also be sent.

Anyone taking part should inform the Streetwise team, which will collect the rubbish.

The service can be contacted by email on customerservices@rushcliffe.gov.uk.

Residents who spot litter or fly-tipping should telephone the council on 0115 9819911, email customerservices@rushcliffe.gov.uk or report it online at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/reportaproblem

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