Residents Asked To "Love" The Latest Anti-Litter Campaign

Merton council offers chance to win a £100 voucher

Keep an eye out for the 'Love Your Street' stickers being posted around the borough part of Merton Council's latest anti-litter campaign. 

After the 2014 annual residents' survey showed that people dropping litter is a top concern, the council launched the campaign to help keep Merton clean.

As part of the initiative, there's a way for residents, businesses, schools and community groups to unite against litter and demonstrate their pride in their local community.

The council published its anti-litter code last year which sets out what residents can expect from the council and how residents can help to stop people littering the borough.

Now people can show their commitment by signing up to a pledge, taken from this anti-litter code, to show their commitment to keeping Merton clean and taking pride in where they live.

Those signing up to the pledge receive a campaign sticker to stick in their window to demonstrate their support for those who work hard to keep the borough tidy. They will also be entered into a draw for a £100 One4all voucher every three months. The prize vouchers have been sponsored by eddisonwhite estate agents.

There will also be a new quarterly e-newsletter, giving residents updates about what the council is doing to keep the borough clean as well as information about community clean-ups and events taking place in parks. Community groups are welcome to submit their event details to the e-newsletter.

To sign up to the pledge and to submit event details for the newsletter, visit the Love Your Street webpage.

With several "Street Champions" clean-ups taking place last year and many residents and community groups getting involved, the council is on-hand to give advice to those who want to organise clean-ups and make-overs in their street with the help of its waste enforcement team. An annual awards ceremony will also be held during the summer to acknowledge the people in the community who go above and beyond to help make Merton a clean and tidy borough.

The council will be working with schools and businesses who sign up to the pledge, providing interactive classes for the borough’s pupils as well as advice to businesses about how they can do their bit to keep the borough clean.

Merton Council's cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders said: “Merton is a great place to live but a small minority of people continue to litter our streets. We know that many residents work hard to keep their neighbourhood clean and the Love Your Street campaign is about recognising that commitment, taking a stand against litter and showing pride in our local area.

"If getting out and about to clean up isn’t your thing, you can still show your support by being the eyes and ears of the community and reporting issues that need to be addressed. Our clean teams are out around the clock clearing up litter and fly-tips and we want to work with residents, businesses and schools to show that we will not accept littering in Merton."

February 20, 2015

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(L-R) Pat DeJesus (Merton Council),  Sam Dibden (Poplar Primary School), Councillor Judy Saunders, Tom Walsh (Sustainable Merton), Christine McNeill (Poplar Primary School),  Julia Dimaki (Hillcross Primary School), John Ball (Merton Council), Sophie Barry (Poplar Primary School), Abida Bashir, Jenson Nuttall (Hillcross Primary School), and Nicola and Richard Eddison (eddisonwhite estate agents and campaign sponsors) showing their support for the Love Your Street campaign