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CLeaner, Greener City Centre - September / October 2014

5 years on from our first Cleaner Greener Campaign in Oxford City Centre, we will be back, once again to focus on the heart of our wonderful city.

From 15 September 2014  until 10th October we will be inviting businesses, visitors, residents and our partners to get involved in making the city centre a great place to visit and live through a host of activities and events.

The aims of the campaign are to:

  • raise retailers' environmental profile in the city centre,
  • raise the profile of our cleaner, greener world-class city ambitions and achievements,
  • achieve cleaner streets now and for the future.

A calendar of events will be available shortly.

 

Cleaner, Greener Littlemore - July 2014

Residents of Littlemore saw the Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign in their neighbourhood in July 2014.

Its focus was on three main priorities to clean up the area:

  • improving household recycling and waste issues
  • targeting graffiti
  • tackling dog fouling.

The Council worked with other agencies to tackle these problems using education, engagement and enforcement.

 

Cleaner, Greener Rose Hill - October/November 2013

Residents saw the Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign in Rose Hill in October and November 2013.

The aim of the campaign was to tidy up Rose Hill and get local residents involved in keeping their neighbourhood clean.

Residents, businesses and council officers all worked together and put a lot of hard work into making the campaign a success.

The campaign tackled litter and recycling issues in the area as well as focussing on problem hotspots. Actions included:

  • Community litter pick event
  • Makeover of Rivermead Nature Reserve
  • Waste issues tackled at individual properties
  • Deep-clean of shopping areas
  • Installation of wall mounted cigarette bins in the shopping areas
  • Installation of on-street recycle bins
  • Clean-up of entrance to recreation ground from Spencer Crescent
  • Clean-up of Cottesmore Road footbridge

 

Cleaner, Greener Parks - July 2013

We're aiming to improve the cleanliness of our parks as part of the summer 2013 Cleaner, Greener campaign.

Oxford City Council's Community Response Team will be joined by the Police, PCSOs and Park Rangers in patrolling parks and educating park users to ensure that they remove litter.

Advice will be given to visitors and residents on how to dispose of their litter correctly. Patrols will also act as a deterrent, tackling anti-social behaviour before it begins.

The campaign will also provide advice to dog owners about dog fouling and remind dog owners that 'any bin will do'.

There will also be an event on Saturday 20 July 2013 at South Park where visitors and local residents can find out more about the campaign.

Enforcement Officers, Community Response Officers, Parks Officers and PCSOs can impose on-the-spot fines to anyone caught dropping litter, discarding rubbish from a vehicle, throwing away cigarette ends or chewing gum as well as fly-posting and graffiti. They can also fine people for drinking alcohol in parks as well as confiscating it.

 

Cleaner, Greener Cowley Centre - January 2013

Residents of Cowley centre will see the Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign in their neighbourhood in January, February and march 2013.

The campaign will tackle cigarette and chewing gum litter and recycling issues as well as improving the surrounding area and focussing on hotspot areas.

We will be tackling issues at Temple Cowley Shopping Centre, John Allen Centre, John Allen Park and the maisonette blocks on Barns Road.

The campaign aims to improve the cleanliness of Oxford's neighbourhoods and we hope that residents will get involved in the campaign.

As part of the campaign, officers have cleared the graffiti from the alleyway in John Allen Park to Maidcroft Road and are cutting back the shrubs in that area.

We have also added three new bins with cigarette attachments in the Templars Square area with a further three waiting to be installed at the bus stops. We will also be installing some wall hung cigarette stub bins in the area.

Grass seed has been planted on the slope from Between Towns Road to John Allen Centre. We have carried out a deep clean in the alleyway between Barns Road and The Grates.

We are also working with residents at Hockmore Tower to provide recycling provision at the flats.

 

Cleaner, Greener Barton - June 2012

It's the turn of Barton for the Cleaner, Greener campaign and residents should expect to see council officers tackling recycling issues, reducing dog fouling and encouraging residents to clear up their gardens.

The campaign aims to improve the cleanliness of the neighbourhood and we hope that residents will get involved in the campaign.

There will also be an event for residents in June where the community can find out more about the campaign.

Residents in Barton have achieved a good recycling rate of 42 per cent but the campaign aims to increase it and make Barton a leading area for recycling across the city.

Advice will be given to residents on how to reduce waste and recycle more along with providing larger recycling bins and food caddies where necessary. About 80 per cent of the waste we throw away can be recycled or composted.

The campaign will also provide advice to dog owners about dog fouling and remind dog owners that 'any bin will do'. The Dog Warden will be supporting enforcement campaigns to tackle dog fouling in the area and offering a talk on responsible dog ownership to the local primary school. The Park Rangers will be carrying out a series of patrols to target dog owners who fail to clear up after their dogs.

The third issue to be tackled is encouraging residents to take pride in their gardens. Enforcement Officers from Environmental Development will be inspecting the community to look for problems with waste in gardens. This will be followed up with education, advice and enforcement to remove the waste.

The streetscene team will be focusing on "hotspot" areas of the estate such as alleyways and difficult to access locations that currently detract from the overall cleanliness of Barton. They will also clear difficult to reach areas that have attracted flytipping and litter. The Park Rangers will work with streetscene to investigate any incidents of flytipping.

The Community Response Team will be in Barton between 10am and midday on Tuesdays and 6.45pm and 9.45pm on Thursdays to carry out patrols within the community.

The Rangers will also investigate any incidents and gather evidence to identify the perpetrators of flytipping.

The Barton community event will be held in June and further details will be confirmed soon.

 

Cleaner, Greener Jericho - October 2011

The Cleaner, Greener campaign went to Jericho to help increase recycling rates, tackle dog fouling and littering.
 
We also carried out a general deep clean of the area and ensured that the streets were clean and clear of graffiti.
 
The launch day in Jericho saw a deep clean of the area with a mechanical sweeper, leaf collection machine and litter picking.
 
The graffiti machine which can remove graffiti in minutes was also on site.
 
The recycling team carried out educational visits to local schools as well as visiting residents to help with any recycling questions and queries.
 
A trade waste and duty of care survey was carried out with local businesses to ensure that they are correctly disposing of their waste. Our Environmental Enforcement Officers visited premises to advise them of their duty during the campaign.

 

Campaign celebrates first birthday - November 2010

The Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign was launched in November 2009 in the city centre to tackle litter and reduce the amount of cigarette butts, chewing gum and litter being dropped in the city.

The campaign has moved to Blackbird Leys, Cowley Road and East Oxford tackling specific issues within each community.

During the year-long campaign we've issued 500 fixed penalty notices in the city centre and have prosecuted 16 people for littering.

Oxford has been voted Britain's cleanest city by readers of Conde Nast's Traveller magazine during its annual poll where more than 40,000 readers voted.

We've carried out lots of educational work in East Oxford to help with the introduction of the improved recycling scheme and we are working with Brookes University to help educate the new students about the scheme.

We've also written letters to pubs and clubs in East Oxford about the problem of flyposting and with their support we have seen a reduction in the amount of flyposting on the Cowley Road.

In Blackbird Leys we cleared up side waste from alleys and paths, Street Wardens and officers from City Works attended school assemblies to talk to young children about waste and litter, and Street Wardens organised a  'litter pick' day for the Junior Street Wardens.

Dog fouling patrols are conducted routinely by the Dog Warden Service and Parks Service across the city. The vast majority of dog owners are found to be responsible and clean up after their dogs.

Since the campaign launched we have put up 16 signs in Oxford city centre to advise residents and visitors that litter enforcement remains a priority for Oxford City Council and that if people drop litter they could face a fine of up to £80. There are also signs in Blackbird Leys.

Environmental Enforcement officers from Oxford City Council, Street Wardens and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) can all issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes.

East Oxford - July 2010

The Cleaner, Greener campaign went to East Oxford in July 2010 with the aim of reducing the amount of fly-tipping, litter and fly-posting in this area. The campaign has concentrated on the Cowley Road from The Plain to Magdalen Road.

We have encouraged residents to continue recycling and tackle the problem of inappropriately stored waste.

Oxford City Council staff carry out early morning litter picks as well as emptying bins, sweeping around benches, bike racks, telephone boxes and shop fronts in the Cowley Road area. We also clear up any dog fouling, as well as sweeping paths manually and with the mechanical road sweeper.

Litter bins are also emptied late afternoon as well as clearing any visible rubbish from the area.

Posters have been displayed in shops and businesses throughout East Oxford to raise awareness of the campaign. 

In East Oxford we have reviewed the frequency of our cleansing operations. Cowley Road and the initial areas of its side roads are now mechanically swept or hand swept and litter picked on a daily basis, seven days a week.
 
The remaining streets are litter picked on a weekly basis and litter bins are emptied twice a day. We have made a good start but there is still work to do to clean-up East Oxford.

Blackbird Leys - February 2010

The Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign moved into Blackbird Leys in February 2010. In Blackbird Leys our aim was to reduce the number of abandoned vehicles and litter in the area. 

We also tackled inappropriate refuse disposal, flytipping and dog fouling.

During the Blackbird Leys campaign:

  • Three fixed penalty notices were issued for dropping cigarette butts outside Blackbird Leys shops. They were paid within 14 days which meant the fine was £55.
  • We are currently investigating five flytipping incidents with a view to taking legal action.
  • We also issued 20 notices regarding side waste to households in Blackbird Leys. The notice is about the storage of waste and they have all complied with these notices.
  • Six abandoned vehicles were dealt with. One was clamped for having no tax, one was removed from the streets and four were dealt with via their registered keepers.
  • A deep-clean was carried out in the areas around Blackbird Leys shops, the Kassam Stadium and Gillians Park and 50 bags of rubbish were taken away.
  • Patrols were carried out by Oxford City Council's dog warden who handed out leaflets to members of the public reminding them about disposing of waste correctly.
  • Permanent signs have also been erected in Blackbird Leys to advise residents and visitors that litter enforcement remains a priority for Oxford City Council and that if people drop litter they could face a fine of up to £80.

 

Enforcement

Environmental Enforcement officers from Oxford City Council, Street Wardens and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) can all issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes.
 
They can impose on-the-spot fines to anyone caught dropping litter, discarding rubbish from a vehicle, throwing away cigarette ends or chewing gum as well as fly-posting and graffiti.

Report It iconReport litter, flytipping and dog fouling online
 
If people fail to pay the £80 fine, they will face fines at the Magistrates Court of up to £2,500.

During the Cleaner, Greener campaign in November 2009, 119 fixed penalty notices were served. Between December 2009 and 10 February 2010, a further 112 fixed penalty notices have been issued.

City Centre - October 2009

We continue to tackle litter in the city centre to reduce the amount of cigarette butts, chewing gum and litter being dropped on the city's streets.

In October 2009 we added 28 litter bins to the city centre and have increased litter picking to 188 hours per week.

In 2008 we spent £26,000 removing chewing gum from Cornmarket Street alone and we estimate that a minimum of 100,000 cigarette ends are left on the streets of Oxford City Centre every week.

Cleaning the city centre costs us £1 million and each year our street cleaners empty 160 bins with 600 tonnes of litter being collected.

New signs for the City Centre

We have unveiled 16 new signs to help tackle litter in the city centre as part of the Cleaner, Greener campaign.

The signs advise residents and visitors that litter enforcement remains a priority for us and that if people drop litter they could face a fine of up to £80.

The signs will be placed in the main streets in Oxford around litter hotspots including Queen Street, Cornmarket Street and Broad Street.

Poster campaign

We are encouraging businesses in the city centre to put up the posters below to spread Cleaner, Greener message:

PDF icon Cigarette Poster (994kB PDF)
PDF icon Chewing Gum Poster (934kB PDF)
PDF icon Litter Poster (1059kB PDF)


Page last updated 12 August 2014


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