Merton Unites Against Litter

Join the 'Big Merton Spring Clean Day'

A campaign has been launched to get Merton residents working together to keep our borough clean.

Organisers behind 'The Big Merton Spring Clean Day' are gathering support for their campaign to get the community to join forces on one day for a mass spring clean.

They've yet to name the day, but have already got residents behind their initiative. You can follow their campaign on Twitter - @DirtOnMerton.

Merton Council has also launched its own 'war on litter' with the arrival of its new smartphone app - Love Clean Streets.

The app enables people to report litter as follows:

1. Get the free Love Clean Streets smartphone app from this website

2. Take a photo of the littering or fly-tipping – the location will be detected automatically

3. Submit your report using the smartphone app.

The council says it's committed to responding to reports through the Love Clean Streets app within two working days. Anyone who submits a report using the app can check up on the progress and find out when the council has dealt with their report on the Love Clean Streets website.

One of the first images reported (above) is a Christmas tree which has yet to be collected from Kingston Road in Wimbledon.

In addition to using Love Clean Streets as a new way of reporting environmental crime, the council is investing in new street cleaning equipment including mechanical sweepers, more smart bins that use solar power to compact rubbish and a borough-wide roll-out of gum and butt bins. The council is also set to clamp down further on people who drop litter and fly-tip as it looks to enlist the support of more enforcement officers.

The council's litter code, published at the beginning of the year, reminds people of their responsibility not to litter and lists the actions the council takes to clear up litter from the borough’s streets.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental cleanliness Councillor Judy Saunders said: "We will not tolerate litter on our streets and we want to work with residents to keep Merton clean. We know that clean streets are a top priority for residents and they are a top priority for us too. The new bins, street cleaning equipment and increased enforcement will all help to keep our streets clean.

"We have had a number of successful prosecutions for people caught fly-tipping and littering, which should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of committing these environmental crimes that we will fine them heavily for the offence and, if necessary, take them to court. We spend over £5 million a year clearing our streets of litter, graffiti and fly tipping."

February 20, 2014