Volunteers collected a total of 29 skips’ worth of rubbish from ‘hotspot’ areas, amounting to more than 23 tonnes of combustible waste in the days leading up the Bonfire Night. In a series of 9 clean-up days in Birkenhead, as part of ‘Operation Banger’, the collected waste included fly-tipped furniture, white goods, timber and other household items.
A successful partnership between Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and the Safer Wirral Hub, Operation Banger has proved effective these past few years in reducing incidents of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and avoidable call-outs in Wirral. This year residents and volunteers from Wallasey, Birkenhead and Wirral South took part in operations to clear their areas ahead of 5 November.
Great partnership working between Birkenhead Constituency Team, Magenta, Merseyside Police, Community Payback team, The Deen Centre and Community House took place across all seven events. The local Neo Community at Beaconsfield House and The Deen Centre kindly provided lunch and refreshments at several of the clean ups.
In total, community-minded residents and groups removed more than 46 tonnes of combustible waste from Wirral streets as part of Operation Banger. The clean-ups took place during a series of events taking place across the borough in an effort to prevent nuisance fires in various hotspots. As a result of hard work by volunteers, the Fire and Police services were better equipped to deal with the challenges they face at this time of year.
These clean-up days were funded by Birkenhead Constituency Committee and Wirral Council as part of the Love Where You Live/Love Wirral campaign.