During the bin sticker campaign, many local council litter and dog waste bins will present a very simple message: ‘if this bin is full, please take your rubbish home’. The aim is to prevent people from leaving their litter on top of or beside full bins, which culprits don’t always realise is actually littering, punishable by an on-the-spot fine of up to £100.
Lead member for the environment at North Devon Council, councillor Netti Pearson, said: “We live in a beautiful part of the country and one of our key corporate priorities is to protect and enhance the environment of the area.
“People may not think there’s any problem with leaving their waste near to a bin when it’s full, but in fact this practice leads to litter being strewn across our precious landscape and is just another form of littering. This bin sticker campaign will nudge people in the right direction by reminding them that we each have a personal responsibility for the waste we produce, and if a bin is full, we should take it away with us.”
CEO for Plastic Free North Devon, Claire Moodie, says: “Everyone who produces waste whether, as an individual or a business, has a duty of care to take reasonable measures to make sure it is disposed of properly.”
“The aim of this campaign is to try and connect people with their actions and the impact rubbish can have on our environment and wildlife. Taking rubbish home when a bin is full is a simple step that everyone can get involved with and is another step forward towards helping us ‘protect our playground’.”
Visit North Devon Gazette to see the full story by Joesph Bulmer.
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