Bolton Council has completed the majority of the ‘Big Clean Up’ which aimed to remove all the litter from the 1,030 km of roads around the borough.
The three week initiative has run seven days a week and focused on clearing up all of the litter and dog fouling which has accumulated on the streets and pavements of Bolton over the last six weeks.
Ten pavement cleaners have attacked the cigarette butts, crisp packets and other litter which has been building up under the layers of snow. Meanwhile six large mechanical road cleaners have cleaned the roads of all the grit, sand and other debris accumulated during the bad weather, stopping it building up on the side of roads and becoming a flood risk. The majority of the clean up has been completed, but there are still a small number of areas to be completed in the next week and one or two main roads which remain to be cleaned, as gritting is still taking place on these roads.
Altogether, 76 staff from around the council have been out cleaning the streets focusing on giving the borough a thorough deep clean, ready for spring. Aside from tackling litter on the roads and streets, the teams have also be tackled and removed flyposting and dog fouling, while a specialist graffiti team tackled graffiti hotspots across the borough.
Altogether 500 tons of litter has been removed from streets all across the borough, the equivalent of 50 bin wagons full. Meanwhile the graffiti team has cleaned graffiti from over 100 sites across the borough.
Cllr Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said:
“The council currently spends £2.8m a year keeping the streets of Bolton clean, and is committed to making Bolton a cleaner and greener place to live.
The Big Clean Up has been a great success and we have collected over 500 tonnes of litter over the last three weeks, bringing the borough back to its usual standard of cleanliness. Feedback from residents has been uniformly positive and many have written or phoned in to thank the crews for their hard work.
However, we’d like to ask the residents of Bolton to help us keep the borough clean from now on, so we can make Bolton a cleaner place to live, work and grow up. We hope that this ‘Big Clean Up’ will inspire others to clean up their own streets, schools and community areas.”