Are you aware that on 5 July 2016, Barnet Council commenced a campaign to encourage all residents and visitors to aim to keep the green spaces and streets of Barnet free from unsightly waste and other litter? The launch begins with a 6-month trial period of increased enforcement action against those that contravene this campaign.
You may spot posters across the Borough advertising this ‘Keep Barnet Clean’ campaign, with the warning of an £80 fine if you are caught littering with the promise of a fine and prosecution if you are caught fly-tipping, illegally dumping bulky and commercial waste.
Littering problems escalate
Some of the main litter problems in the Borough of Barnet are dog fouling, chewing gum disposal and cigarette butts, which can all be easily disposed of in one of the 3000 supplied waste bins, which are highlighted in the Keeping Barnet Clean campaign.
A recent survey by Keep Britain Tidy, has proved that dog fouling is on the increase for the first time in 10 years, and with a nation of dog lovers and a rise in the numbers of the canine population already ranking at around 8 million, the problem is likely to escalate.
Dog fouling is of enormous concern to the local council, and also to the public. A bigger problem is the increasing amounts of dog faeces that have been bagged, yet left behind by dog owners and not disposed of in one of the provided bins.
A dedicated team of Enforcement officers will be patrolling from 25 July, so be alert! They will be making the rounds of recognised litter hotspots, making sure that businesses are complying with waste disposal regulations, and investigating any fly-tipping cases.
Report a litter problem
Residents are being urged to report any fly-tipping and littering hotspots, using the ‘report a problem’ page on the Council’s website. Throughout the year, Barnet Council hope to organise several community clean-up days, which residents can attend and help with litter picking and cleaning up rubbish from residential areas, streets and parks. (Dates to be advised later in the year.)
The majority of Barnet residents take great pride in keeping the streets, parks and open spaces in Barnet Borough clean and free from unnecessary litter and waste. We all need to be aware of the impact that littering our streets, not cleaning up after our dogs and fly-tipping commercial and household waste is having on our health, lives and the environment we live in.