An appeal has gone out for volunteers to help crackdown on fly-tipping and littering across Bolton.

This comes days after volunteers helped to collect more than 50 bags of litter across the Halliwell area and just weeks after three people across the borough were fined a total of more than £3,000 for fly-tipping.

Cllr Kevin Morris, who was joined by 12 volunteers for the recent clean up in Halliwell, has now appealed for more people to help them keep their areas clean.

He said: "Fly-tipping and litter issues are still an ongoing issue in our ward and across the borough.

“I always urge our residents to continue to be vigilant if they see anyone dumping waste, etc and report to the council or Bolton at Home if it is on their estates.

The Bolton News: Volunteers collected more than 50 bags of rubbish in Halliwell last weekendVolunteers collected more than 50 bags of rubbish in Halliwell last weekend (Image: Public)

“It should not and will not be tolerated.”

He added: “We have a really amazing network of hard working and dedicated volunteers who are out and about daily across the town dealing with fly tip and litter.

“They do a fantastic job all for free.”

The volunteers helped to collect a total of 56 bags of rubbish along with an abandoned door, bedding and builders’ waste around Boardman Street last Sunday.

But Cllr Morris says that fly-tipping is still an ongoing problem and people in the community need to work with council officials in resolving it.

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He said: “Myself, Cllr Rabiya Jiva and Cllr Safwaan Patel work closely with our enforcement officers in Halliwell, and we have been successful in dealing with cases of fly-tip in the ward that have led to fines imposed and our officers explaining to those fined how to dispose of their additional waste correctly and legally.

“Persistent offenders who litter and fly-tip not only cause an eyesore, distress to residents and vermin, etc, but it is at a great cost to the council and local tax payers thousands of pounds to clear it up. 

“I would ask our residents to join our likeminded volunteers who genuinely care about their communities, if only for one hour at the weekend to help keep our streets, parks and green spaces litter free.

“It makes such a massive impact and difference when an area is cleared up - eyesores become better looking and green spaces are transformed."