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Clean up campaign in Chatham

Date: 14/11/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

Media invite: Monday, 17 November. 11.30am. Outside Woolworths, Chatham High Street. ****************************************************************** A major campaign to keep Chatham clean gets underway next week. From Monday, 17 November, officers from departments across Medway Council’s waste and safer communities teams will be working with businesses in the town centre to reduce litter like food wrappers, drinks cans, flyers and cigarette waste. Fast food outlets will also be encouraged to support the campaign by reminding their customers to put all their food waste and litter - such as food bags, chip containers and drinks cans - in one of the 30 litter bins in the town centre. The council’s waste team and their contractor Veolia will be removing litter and graffiti and cleaning dustbins and ashtrays, while the safer communities team will be reminding anyone caught dropping litter that they could face an £80 fine. The waste team will be available to answer residents’ questions from their promotional trailer outside Woolworths from 10am to 4pm on Monday, 17 November. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “We want to encourage shoppers to Chatham this Christmas and make the town centre as attractive and appealing as possible. “Every time someone drops litter, someone has to pick it up. The Veolia crew works to clean the streets of Medway. We want to encourage everyone to pick up their own litter and put it in a dustbin or take it home, otherwise it’s the council taxpayers who end up picking up the bill. “By working together, we can help keep Chatham clean.” There is an opportunity to find out more about the campaign, and interview Cllr Phil Filmer from 11.30am on Monday, 17 November outside Woolworths in Chatham High Street.