Bolton Council is launching a campaign to encourage residents to take responsibility for their own waste and discourage them from dumping waste in their back streets.
From this week, council staff will be visiting over 45,000 households across Bolton. They will focus on areas where dumping of back street waste is a particular problem, including Kearsley, Harper Green, Farnworth, Great Lever, Rumworth, Halliwell, Crompton and Hulton Lane.
They will be explaining to residents the dangers of dumping waste in the back streets, as it attracts rats and pigeons and also provides an opportunity for starting deliberate fires. They will also be reminding residents that dumping waste in the back streets is classed as fly tipping and that enforcement action can be taken, including on the spot fines of £75 and prosecution for persistent flytippers.
Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services said: “There appears to be a perception amongst some residents that the council will clear waste which is dumped in back streets outside houses. This campaign aims to explain to residents that any waste dumped is considered as flytipping, for which they can either receive an on-the-spot fine or even a court sentence.”