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Community urged to help keep a lid on littering in the borough

Published on 02 July 2021 Print

Walsall residents are being asked to help keep our borough clean and to play their part in reporting litter, especially in local hotspots.

As national COVID-19 restrictions are being gradually lifted and more people are out and about visiting town centres shops and open spaces. The council is reminding people that littering will not be tolerated in the borough; not only is it unsightly, it can also be unsafe and is detrimental to the environment. Amongst the Council’s concerns is the number of discarded nitrous oxide gas canisters that are being found in public spaces along with used face masks.

Councillor Oliver Butler, portfolio holder for Clean and Green said, “With more people out and about as restrictions are being lifted, it is important to remind residents to please put their litter in a bin or take it home with them to dispose of or recycle.”

“Our clean-up crews are not only picking up litter, they are also collecting used nitrous oxide canisters in the usual hotspots such as Barr Beacon and Aldridge Airport.”

“We are particularly concerned about the gas canisters due to the harm inhalation of nitrous oxide can cause to people’s health.”

“We all have a part to play in keeping our borough clean and tidy and have a responsibility to report and issues that we come across to protect our community and our environment in order to make Walsall a cleaner and greener place.”

Residents can report litter and find out more about street cleansing and litter picking on the council website.

Residents can report disposed of canisters on the website online at www.walsall.gov.uk and can share information about those illegally selling nitrous oxide with the police.

Walsall Community Litter Watch is run by volunteers for anyone who wants to proactively help. You can also join the teams Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/WalsallCommunityLitterWatch

Community groups, businesses and schools interested in helping Walsall move towards becoming litter free can contact the Volunteer Coordinators on 01922 653344, email cleanandgreen@walsall.gov.uk or visit https://go.walsall.gov.uk/bins/walsall_community_litter_watch

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Notes to editor

  • Clean and Green, Walsall Council can be contacted on 01922 653344 or by email cleanandgreen@walsall.gov.uk
  • For more information about the effects of nitrous oxide see: https://www.drugwise.org.uk/nitrous-oxide/
  • Those individuals who experience issues or problems with drug and alcohol use can seek help or advice from the Beacon Drug and Alcohol services on 01922 669840.