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Local schoolchildren design postcard to help council tackle flytipping

Watford Borough Council and Veolia are seeking to build on their success of reducing flytipping in Cassio Road by 75% through a new project in West Watford.

Published: Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Local children from Chater Junior School designed a fun and informative postcard that they hope will influence residents to dispose of their waste legally.  Children entered their designs into a competition and the winning design is being used on postcards that are going to be delivered to over 2,000 homes over the coming weeks.

The aim of the message on the postcard is to educate residents to dispose of their waste correctly rather than leave it near litter bins. It is clear that whilst there are a minority of people who purposefully flytip knowing it is wrong, there are also residents that don’t know that flytipping is illegal and can lead to Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) being issued.  The areas being targeted are currently affected by flytipping that is mainly due to residents dumping by litter bins. This project aims to let them know the right way to dispose of waste, as well as designing out some of the problems. In March new bins will be installed and planting is being undertaken. This is to be combined with additional weed control and litter picks that will improve the general appearance and help discourage flytipping and give all residents pride in their local area.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “The council has been testing ways of eradicating flytipping from our town and we are now taking a similar approach in West Watford. It was fantastic to see local schoolchildren engaged as part of the project. It was difficult for us to pick a winner but the winning design embodied the message we need to get across. We hope residents who dump their rubbish illegally on the street start taking responsibility for their waste when they want to get rid of it.”

Joanna Morris, Communications, Education and Outreach Manager at Veolia Watford delivered  a school assembly outlining problems associated with flytipping, Joanna said: “We are delighted to work with our partners Watford Borough Council and support this fantastic initiative. It’s great to see that our educational assembly empowered the children to look after their local environment and create some beautiful designs which will hopefully influence residents of Watford to always dispose of their waste responsibly.” 

The winning design, by Armani Aziz from Chater Junior School, was picked by the judges as it clearly represents the message that residents should dispose of their waste responsibly. Residents should use their weekly rubbish and recycling collections, book a bulky collection, donate to charity  and use local household waste recycling centres.

Congratulations to Armani, who won a gift voucher for a local toy shop and whose winning design will be printed on a postcard and also put on four litter bins in the local area.

The runner-up design by Sajjad Bukhari will be displayed on the utility box in Harwoods Road and Sajjad has won a family swim session kindly donated by Everyone Active Watford Leisure Centre Central.

Congratulations to both Armani and Sajjad and to all the other children who took part in the competition.

More information about the pilot can be found at watford.gov.uk/westwatford

This pilot is being funded by the Hertfordshire Flytipping Group. The Fly Tipping Group – part of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership – is a multi-agency taskforce made up of Hertfordshire’s local authorities, as well as the Police, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers Union.

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