In New Ferry, volunteers collected enough waste from the streets to fill five skips, totalling a massive 10 tonnes of rubbish ahead of Bonfire Night. 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 New Ferry took part in operations to clear their areas ahead of 5 November.
Recycling officers also knocked on more than 250 doors, delivering information, leaflets and stickers on the council’s waste and recycling services. In addition, 26 home fire safety checks were completed, some even requiring the smoke alarm installation which was completed for free by MFRS on the day.
Volunteers from Port Sunlight River Park group, Involve North West and the Community Payback Team were among those taking part in the clean-up with the latter filling their van with seven loads of waste.
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.
The New Ferry event had a great response from local residents including one person getting involved and volunteering on the day as a result of the action. They are now working with Involve North West and possibly setting up their own local clean-up group. Watch this space!
This clean-up day was funded by Wirral South Constituency Committee and Wirral Council as part of the Love Where You Live/Love Wirral campaign.