Littered street-It can be beat
Litter on the streets is a big problem in the UK. In city centre locations on a weekend, the streets can be littered with the remains of the previous nights take away, empty beer bottles and the hundreds of discarded cigarette ends.
So who's responsibility is it to clean up this mess? The people that make it, businesses, the local council? Well in my opinion we all have a part to play in making the streets a cleaner place.
The local council:
Firstly there should be plenty of bins in public areas, at least then people have somewhere they can dump their rubbish rather than using the floor. This is the responsibility of the local council.
Regular collection and emptying of public waste bins would help, and maybe doing this on a Sunday after the weekend party goers have finished their nights out would be better as the streets would look clean when the working week commences on the Monday morning.
There are lots of councils saying they have had their budgets cut when it comes to street cleaning, well apparently not in this area. Oxford city councillor John Tanner, executive board member for a Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said their street cleaning budgets had been protected. Seems the local pensioner in this report lends a helping hand too.
The people that drop their litter:
Deterrents usually work. Fining people who are seen dropping litter would be a good thing to do. Hit them where it hurts, in the pocket! To do this would mean more police on the streets, but on a weekend in city centres you see more police on the beat than at other times so this would be easy to implement. Large notices advising of fines for litter droppers could warn them that their kebab could cost them £50 if they don't use a bin for their rubbish.
If every business looked after the area outside their premises it would make a huge difference. Clearing the rubbish and cleaning the walkways/parking areas isn't a big job and where there are a few businesses close together they could hire a professional sweeper between them to make the job easier.
Take the curry mile in Rusholme Manchester for example. A road sweeper shared between the many restaurants and take aways here would ensure the curry mile pavements were always chapatti free!
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