We’re taking on litterers, badly-behaved dog-owners and fly-tippers once again for our Don’t Muck Around Campaign 2017.
Charnwood Borough Council has launched its annual enviro-crime campaign with the message that it may only be one piece of waste to you but it all adds up.
It adds up to being harmful to the environment and sometimes people, as well as being a blight on our towns and countryside. It also adds up for taxpayers who are left with the clean-up bill caused by other people’s mess.
It can also add up if you’re caught breaking an enviro-crime as you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice. If you fail to pay it could cost thousands and leave your reputation tarnished thanks to a criminal record.
During this year’s Don’t Muck Around campaign, the Council is urging people to take responsibility for their waste and dispose of it in the correct way.
The first phase of the campaign will focus upon litter and as well as carrying out targeted patrols, the Council is calling on businesses and organisations to take the Don’t Muck Around Pledge – a declaration that they will urge their customers, colleagues, members and friends to be responsible when disposing of rubbish.
Alan Twells, Head of Regulatory Services, said: “Most people are responsible and keep Charnwood clean and tidy, but there are some who are not as considerate.
“As part of the Don’t Muck Around campaign we would simply ask these people to show some courtesy to others and the environment by putting waste in the right place, including dog muck.
“We have a limited number of street wardens and they can’t be everywhere so we want people to take some responsibility for their own actions and dispose of waste properly.
“You can help by sharing our campaign messages and if you do have problem areas then let us know and we will see if we can take some targeted action.”
The first Don’t Muck Around 2017 Pledge was taken by Costa Coffee in Loughborough which was presented with a certificate to display.
Carole Pitt, assistant manager at Costa Coffee in Loughborough, said: "We are delighted to support the Don't Muck Around campaign and help keep Charnwood a clean and today place for everyone.
“It's important that we all do our bit to look after our local community."
Other businesses are being urged to make the pledge by simply signing up online at www.charnwood.gov.uk/DMApledge
- Share the Don’t Muck Around Campaign messages on social media, using the hashtag #Muck2017
- If you’re a business, sign up to our Don’t Muck Around Pledge
- Report litter, fly-tipping or issues with dog muck or dogs not being under control online www.charnwood.gov.uk/report or call 01509 634564.