Oldham Council has employed 10 extra street cleaners to keep our roads and pavements clear of litter and waste.
The appointments are part of the local authority’s commitment to making sure we help to deliver what local people want – clean and green neighbourhoods where people want to live, work and do business in.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “One of the things that comes up time and again when we talk to residents is that they want to see streets that are rubbish-free.
“We’ve listened to them and as part of this year’s budget – despite cuts to our funding – we set aside money to employ these new street cleaners. We’ve now filled the posts and the staff are out on the streets.
“This doesn’t mean though that they are there just to clean up after people – we all have to do our bit and take a little a pride in our communities by keeping them clean and tidy.
“Think before you throw litter – it’s not difficult to keep rubbish in your pocket until you get home or to put it in one of the bins that we provide across the borough.
“Littering is not only anti-social but also unhealthy and it affects all residents, as it means council tax money is spent clearing it up rather than on other services.”
The environmental operatives will be deployed across Oldham district – which includes the town centre – in two shifts of five.
The teams work on a street by street basis and as well as removing litter and waste they will also tidy up the area by removing weeds from the cracks in pavements, for example.
The council will take enforcement action against those who are found to have dropped litter or flytipped waste - this includes issuing fixed penalty notices or taking legal action.
If you see anyone littering or fly-tipping report them to us on 0161 770 6644 or submit a report online via http://www.oldham.gov.uk/