Takeaways sign up to pledge to reduce litter in Bolton
TAKEAWAYS across Bolton are being asked to chip in and help reduce litter on the streets.
More than 100 fast food outlets have already signed up to a new scheme by Bolton Council asking businesses to take more responsibility for the packaging of the food they sell.
By signing up to the ‘Food on the Go’ charter, the shops agree to encourage customers not to drop litter, install new bins outside their premises and reduce the amount of packaging they give away.
They will also ensure the business has proper waste disposal arrangements in place, and carry out regular litter picks around their restaurants.
Cllr John Byrne, cabinet member for neighbourhood and community services, and Andy Bolan, manager of the environment enforcement unit at the council, officially launched the scheme with a visit to Rice n Three in Deane Road, Deane.
Cllr Byrne said Bolton’s environment has been blighted by takeaway rubbish, and that the charter aims to reduce the £2.8 million the council currently spends tacking litter around the borough.
He said: “Hopefully this scheme will mean there is less litter on the streets. It’s important that everyone takes responsibility — not just the takeaway owners but the customers themselves.”
Mr Bolan added that participating takeaways will be given a ‘Food and Go’ certificate, showing that they support the voluntary charter.
He said: “There are between 500 and 550 takeaways in Bolton, and it’s hoped that eventually they will all sign up.
“We want to engage and work with all takeaways. We want to stop the litter at source by co-operating with the businesses and their customers.”
Mubarak Etha, owner of Rice N Three, said he was approached by the council to sign up to the scheme.
He said: “If everyone gets involved then the streets will be a lot cleaner — Deane Road is not the cleanest of roads.
“I’d encourage other businesses to get involved. There’s no cost involved, the council takes on the cost and collect the bins.”
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