n MORE than 50 residents filled six skips with household rubbish as part of a major clean-up operation to tackle fly-tipping in Westhoughton.

Families on The Pewfist estate were able to dispose of bulky unwanted items including bedroom furniture, garden waste, carpets and toys during the event organised by Contour Homes. Residents were offered advice about recycling and fly-tipping.

Howard Davis, the Contour Homes neighbourhood support officer who helped to organise the clean-up, said: “People tend to generate more refuse at this time of year so we wanted to discourage fly-tipping by giving residents the chance to get rid of household items.

“The event was a great success. We ordered in four industrial skips but as more and more residents started to fill them we arranged for two more to be brought in.”

The Mayor of Westhoughton, Cllr Ryan Battersby, also got involved and Contour are now planning to arrange a similar event in the future.

Contour Homes tenants who want advice about disposing of bulky household items can call Andy Taylor on 0345 6021120.