Alexandra Published: Thursday, 16th December 2021

An extra 55 tons of litter, fly-tipping and waste have been removed from the borough’s streets, roads and alleys during the first three months of our £1.27m Don’t Trash Oldham campaign.

During that time Oldham Council teams have cleaned up 417 streets and more than 150 alleys.

So far, we’ve carried out deep cleans in Alexandra, Chadderton Central, Chadderton North, Shaw and Crompton.

Medlock Vale ward is the current focus for our staff, who have been out in all weathers. Once they’ve finished there they’ll start in St James’ and Waterhead in January.

Since we started the clean ups in September, we’ve also handed out 187 fines (to the end of November) to those who think they can just leave waste for our staff to pick up.

Lots of residents have also got involved and supported the borough-wide initiative by carrying out their own litter picks.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “The first three months of our campaign have flown by and it’s showing results.

“In that time our staff, along with volunteers, have done a brilliant job cleaning up the borough.

“We know there is still a lot of work to be done – cleaning up the borough is a priority for the council, but everyone can do their bit help as well.”

“Don’t let people bring down your communities by dumping rubbish. Report them to us and we’ll take action.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Deputy leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “I’ve been out with the clean up staff and knocking on doors with our engagement teams and what’s come across is that our work is making a difference. People are telling us that.

“Sadly, we know people will dump waste in places we’ve cleared, so we are being realistic as we know the issue isn’t going away. But we also aren’t prepared to sit back and do nothing as no one wants to live in a tip.

“Work with us, and let’s improve Oldham.”

The best way to help this Christmas and New Year is to recycle as much as possible.

This year is there will be no changes – weather permitting – to bin collections over Christmas and the New Year due to Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day all falling on the weekend.

Put your bins out for collection as normal.

All your Christmas cards, wrapping paper and cardboard packaging can be recycled using your blue bins or recycling bags.

To check your bin collection days, how you can get rid of your Christmas Tree or bulky waste visit

Find out more about the campaign, where we’ll be cleaning up over the comings months and how to report fly-tipping at

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