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Suffolk Waste Partnership awarded £10,000 to help tackle blight of litter

Posted by on 15 March 2018 | Comments

Following a successful bid, the Suffolk Waste Partnership has been awarded £10,000 from the Government’s Litter Innovation Fund to run innovative local projects aimed at reducing litter.

Suffolk Waste Partnership’s member authorities are responsible for clearing litter from public land and highways, with the cost of removing litter from Suffolk’s major A-roads the A14, A12 and A11 standing at £300,000 per year.

The Suffolk Waste Partnership’s project will:

  • Work with businesses such as drive-thrus, service stations, garages and logistics firms to seek their support in promoting responsible attitudes to litter disposal.
  • Trial new style litter bins at key layby locations and improve labelling and signage of litter bins along the A11, A12 and A14 in Suffolk.
  • Trial new remote monitoring technology to help councils coordinate litter bin emptying more efficiently and effectively.
  • Ensure that any person taken to court and convicted for a littering offence anywhere in Suffolk is named and shamed publicly.
  • Run an awareness campaign to remind residents and visitors alike about the issues and the consequences of littering.
  • Educate residents and businesses about how to prevent their waste inadvertently escaping their control and ending up as litter.

Councillor David Bowman, Chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said:

“We recognise that littering is a major environmental concern for many of our residents, therefore we are delighted to receive this funding. It will help support our plans to try and make a real difference in reducing the problem and to make our beautiful county clean and green.

Not only is littering unsightly, but carelessly discarded litter can pose a danger to road users, animals, and the general public, and clear-up costs use valuable council resources. Tackling the problem will be one of the Partnership’s priorities for 2018.”