Date: 10/04/2008 Category: Community Safety
Making Medway a clean and green environment for everyone is top of the council’s priority list. There are approximately 2,200 litter and dog bins across Medway, both in residential areas and green spaces, to help everyone dispose of their rubbish. Litter can also be taken home and put out with the weekly rubbish collection. Rubbish should be put out before 7am on the day of collection. Excess waste can be taken to one of the three household waste and recycling centres. Medway Council is trialing new paper recycling bins near train stations for commuters to put their newspapers in at the end of their journey, while new cigarette bins in high street areas give smokers somewhere to dispose of their smoking-related litter. Medway Safer Communities Officers have the power to fine anyone who blights the landscape by dropping litter like food wrappers, cigarette butts, and newspapers. Anyone caught dropping litter can be given an £80 fixed penalty notice. Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “We want everyone that lives and works in Medway to feel proud of their environment. Most people do dispose of their litter responsibly, but I want to remind the small minority of people who don’t to put their rubbish in a litterbin or take it home with them. “We will take enforcement action against anyone who blights Medway’s landscape with their rubbish.” Last year, Medway Council issued 68 fixed penalty notices to litter bugs – 37 for litter and 31 to people who threw litter from a vehicle. If you know of an area that has been littered, please call Customer First on 01634 333333 or email email@example.com Medway’s three recycling centres are at: § Ambley Road, off Hoath Way, Gillingham § Shawstead Road, Capstone, Chatham § Sundridge Hill, Cuxton Opening hours: Monday to Saturday All three sites are open from 8am to 4.30pm. On Mondays between April and September, the Capstone and Cuxton sites only are open until 6.30pm.