As I travel around the borough residents constantly remind me that a key priority for them is keeping the area where they live, clean and tidy. It’s something they are passionate about.
I’ll be the first to admit that I completely agree and share their displeasure at, what is, one of the main forms of anti-social behaviour that affects us all. That’s why I have a zero tolerance approach to what I see as an environmental crime against our borough.
It’s well documented that Tameside has been hit hard by central government cuts, so in order to maintain litter-free streets we have adopted some innovative solutions including working smartly with reduced staff and applying tightly co-ordinated clean-up operations.
I think it is also important to thank the vast majority of residents who take pride in their local communities each and every day. It’s just a shame that all their hard and dedicated work is undermined by a small but determined minority who continually insist on disrespecting the areas in which they live.
This lack of respect extends to dog owners who allow their pet to foul our streets and parks. The dog population in Tameside is estimated at 30,000, producing around 12 tonnes of excrement a day so it’s easy to see how this problem can get out of hand.
Residents can help by reporting flytipping or, just as importantly, those responsible.
The vast majority of our residents’ recycling efforts are exemplary; again something I would like to thank them for and with the information available on our website on what and how to recycle the rest have no excuse for not following suit. You can find everything you need to know about recycling in Tameside.
A litter free Tameside is a shared goal, clean streets make citizens feel better about themselves and where they live, encourage people to visit Tameside and attract investment from business and industry – help us make Tameside an area we can all be proud of.