Bolton Council has won in the ‘Best Service Delivery’ category in a national award.

The Environmental Service’s behaviour change teams got the award for their work with residents and volunteers encouraging the public to take more responsibility for the environment.

The teams were set up in 2015, with the aim of changing how residents and businesses dealt with their rubbish.

One of their achievements includes a decrease in reported flytipping incidents from 4,000 in 2014 to just over 1,000 in 2019.

The teams also work closely with Bolton Green Umbrella, which co-ordinates and supports volunteer and community groups who pick up litter across the borough.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: “To get recognition for the work we are doing together with the community is brilliant.

“It’s testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff and amazing partners and volunteers. A huge thank you must go to our staff and public for their willingness and desire to instigate change."

The annual awards, run by the Local Government Chronicle, were held virtually on October 28 to recognise the best in innovation and service delivery.