Keep Wales Tidy backs council’s bid to clean up Swansea
KEEP WALES Tidy is backing Swansea Council’s bid to clean up the city.
Last week a new team of enforcement officers, from private environment company 3GS, started work on cracking down on littering problems in the city.
It is part of a new initiative that will see more litter louts and careless dog owners facing £75 fixed penalty notices if they drop rubbish or fail to clean up after their dog.
Every year Swansea Council spends around £2.5 million clearing up litter, fly-tipping and dog poo and this year an extra £160,000 is being dedicated specifically to tackle dog fouling.
Phil Davies, Keep Wales Tidy’s Tidy Towns project officer for Swansea, said: “Keep Wales Tidy’s Tidy Towns programme is all about encouraging people to take pride in their community by keeping it clean and tidy.
“Litter obviously looks unsightly and it also makes an area look rundown which can attract crime.
“We hope that this new campaign deters people from dropping litter and encourages them to take responsibility for ensuring that Swansea looks at its best.”
Since April more than 90 fixed penalty notices have been issued to people who have littered city streets or allowed their dogs to foul pavements and not cleared up after them.
This is expected to rise over the coming months following the introduction of the new external litter enforcement officers.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: “Residents in Swansea have told us they want us to do something about litter and dog fouling.
“This latest initiative will target residents who drop litter or let their dogs foul public areas.
“Our message is a simple one. If you drop litter or don’t clean up after your dog you will face a fixed penalty notice.”
Under the new clean up plans, further investment in dog fouling bins as been made, with the installation of 60 bins in the target areas — Castle, Penderry and Townhill wards. Extra litter clean up teams have also been recruited by the council.
An example on how to help clean up your own community has also been set by the Friends of Parc Williams in Lower Loughor.
They, along with residents, the city and county council and the town council have cleared more than 200 bags of litter, dozens of bags of dog mess from dog bins, 60 incidents of dog fouling and two and a half van loads of fly-tipped material.