Following the ‘Big Freeze’ and the ‘Big Thaw’, Bolton Council is launching a ‘Big Clean Up’ to remove all the litter from the 1,030 km of roads around the borough.
The three week initiative will run seven days a week and will focus 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.
The council will be utilising six large mechanical road cleaners to clean 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.
Meanwhile, ten pavement cleaners will attack the cigarette butts, crisp packets and other litter which has been building up under the layers of snow. Altogether, 76 staff from around the council will be 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 will also be tackling and removing flyposting and dog fouling, while a specialist graffiti team will tackle graffiti hotspots across the borough.
The ‘Big Clean Up’ follows hot on the heels of the ‘Love Bolton, hate litter campaign’ which the council launched in November 2009, to educate people not to drop litter. Although the first part of the campaign focused on litter caused by cigarette butts, future phases will begin over the next few months looking at dog fouling and other types of litter.
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 bad weather over the last six weeks has meant that our street cleaning teams have been deployed on snow-clearing and gritting duties, so there has been a steady accumulation of litter which has been hidden by the ice and snow.
“We’re now committed to bringing the borough back to its usual standard of cleanliness. We want to make Bolton a cleaner place to live, work and grow up and hope that residents will support this ‘Big Clean Up’ will inspire others to clean up their own streets, schools and community areas.”