Isle Of Anglesey Tops Welsh Clean Streets Table

biffa-wales-litterThe authority, whose household refuse and recycling collections as well as street cleansing services are provided by municipal contractor Biffa, topped an official annual report produced by Keep Wales Tidy. 

The All Wales Local Environmental Audit and Management System (LEAMS) Report for 2014-15 surveyed nearly 3,000 streets across Wales (6% of the total), assessing the presence, type and source of litter, as well as the visibility of graffiti, vandalism, chewing gum stains, dog fouling, weeds, smoking debris etc.

Carl Sargent AM, Minister for Natural Resources – “it is important to remember that keeping areas clean and free from litter is everyone’s responsibility”

The survey, regarded by the Welsh Assembly and local authorities as important for guiding policy decision-making and practical responses to littering, found that nearly 97% (96.6%) of surveyed streets achieved grade B (no more than three small items of litter), the level of cleanliness regarded as being acceptable to the public.

Smoking-related litter was the most common, followed by confectionery, drink and fast food litter, and litter was mostly dropped by pedestrians.

The overall All-Wales Cleanliness Index (CI) for 2014-15 was 67.9, just below last year’s score. Of the 22 local authorities in Wales, Anglesey topped the table with 100% of its surveyed streets achieving grade B or higher, producing a CI of 73.1, an improvement of its CI of 71% a year earlier.

Everyone’s Responsibility

Meirion Edwards, chief waste management officer for Isle of Anglesey County Council, said: “We’ve always done well in the clean streets survey, but this table-topping result is very pleasing. It reflects the hard work and commitment of everyone involved at both the county council and Biffa, and the all-important support of our residents.

“This partnership between the public and private sectors continues to pay dividends during what are very challenging times for local government.”

Biffa Municipal operations director Simon Crook added: “Biffa and the council work hard to maintain high public standards, despite a 5% cut in operating budgets. That has demanded a more targeted approach to cleansing, and Anglesey residents have helped play their part.”

Biffa has provided refuse, recycling and cleansing services for Anglesey since 2001. Its cleansing team of 22 staff comprises barrowmen, mobile cages, mechanical sweepers, rapid response teams and beach cleaners.

Welcoming the publication of the LEAMS report, Carl Sargent AM, Minister for Natural Resources, said: “A clean, safe, accessible and attractive local environment is an essential part of the Wales we want for future generations,” adding “it is important to remember that keeping areas clean and free from litter is everyone’s responsibility.”

Lesley Jones, chief executive of KWT, commented that it isn’t just the responsibility of local authorities to clean up an area, ‘but everyone who lives in, works or visits Wales’.

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