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North Devon Council is aiming to crack down on littering with the introduction of a new strategy to tackle the problem.

At today's (Monday 1 February 2020) meeting of the council's strategy and resources committee, members agreed to approve a litter strategy prepared by the council's Lead Member for the Environment, Councillor Netti Pearson.

The strategy is the council's starting point from which a number of action plans will be developed, starting with a review of its current litter bins. As part of the review, the council is applying for funding to provide 'smart' litter bins in rural areas that can reduce the number of times they have to be emptied. This means more resources can be spent tackling the urban areas where littering causes the most problems.

Lead Member for the Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: "North Devon is a beautiful part of the country and one of our key corporate priorities is to protect and enhance the environment of the area.  Earlier this year, we adopted an environmental policy which underpins this litter strategy. The strategy along with the plans we develop will focus our work and help us make more effective use of our resources to tackle the litter that blights the district, causes distress to wildlife. and damages the environment."

Tackling litter is part of the council's ‘Clear Messages’ campaign, in which residents and businesses are asked to follow the call to action to fight environmental crime across North Devon with the mantra ‘challenge it, report it, change it’.

Information about the litter strategy and littering can be found on the street care pages of the environment section of the council website

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