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The Clean Neighbourhood Service is committed to preserving a clean and safe environment for all residents and visitors to enjoy. Our key issues include litter, dog fouling, illegal dumping, fly-posting, graffiti, abandoned and nuisance Vehicles

We are focused on promoting behavioural change through enforcement and community engagement programmes and are actively involved in a number of initiatives to help improve the local environment.

Enforcement
We have a team of Environmental Wardens who carry out patrols across the Borough, giving advice and issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders.  Abandoned and nuisance vehicles, littering, dog fouling, fly-posting, graffiti and illegally disposing of waste are criminal offences and we encourage you to report offenders.

Community Engagement
As well as attending resident and inter-agency meetings we provide education programmes in schools.  These interactive classroom sessions focus on litter, its impact and consequences and help the younger generation to be more aware of these important issues.  If your local school is interested in taking part in these sessions please contact us.

Telephone – 0300 0300 900
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The Council has partnered with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s, Live Here Love Here campaign, which helps people improve their local environment, building a sense of pride in local communities.

Live Here Love Here launched its 2017 Small Grants Scheme in May, inviting groups or organisations committed to improving their local environment to submit an application form for the scheme. The scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • Use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling
  • Improve the way the local urban, rural or coastal environment is looked after
  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement
  • Enhance or attract tourism to our community through environmental improvements

Grants range from £500 to £5,000 and the scheme is open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects in supporting Council area.

The current grant scheme has now closed however further information on new schemes will be posted in due course.  We anticipate a number of great ‘green’ projects completed in 2017/18 across the Borough so keep your eye on the council’s Facebook page for ongoing updates.

People who fail to pick up after their dog are liable to a fixed penalty fine of £80.  You can assist Council by reporting offenders via ehealth@armaghbanbridgecraigavon or calling 0300 0300 900.

Outdoor banners raise awareness of this problem and are placed in a number of areas across the Borough.  If you think an area near you would benefit from one of the banners then please contact us.

The Council’s Green Dog Walkers scheme calls on volunteers to sign up and make a difference together. We want to encourage people to get involved and take the pledge to clean up after their dogs as well as acting as a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to do the same. Those who sign up to the scheme receive a doggie welcome pack which contains the Green Dog Walkers® armband, dog bone shaped bag dispenser, doggie bags and clip on hand sanitiser. Volunteers take the pledge to wear the armband when walking their dog to remind people to clean up after their pooch. They also carry extra doggie bags and are happy to share these bags with dog walkers who need them. If you want to make a difference and sign up please contact us today.

The Adopt-a-Street scheme aims to support local residents, schools and businesses who wish to commit to look after a specific area which they ‘adopt’ and keep clean and tidy and free from litter. All those taking part help make a difference to the local area and encourage a feeling of community spirit.  Equipment is provided and ongoing support is given to those who register for the scheme.

With the support of residents who take positive action to keep local streets litter free, we can tackle this harmful and unsightly problem together and help provide a cleaner environment for all to enjoy.

The illegal dumping of household and commercial waste is an ongoing issue for Environmental Services.  The resources and effort required for detection and clean up of waste is substantial and it is for that reason that we are clamping down hard on those who are continuing to dump their unwanted items.

‘Hotspot’ areas have been identified across the Borough and signs warn potential offenders that CCTV surveillance is in operation. An offender caught fly-tipping can currently face fines of up to a maximum of £50,000. If you see anyone dumping on public land, please get as much information as possible concerning the incident and contact the Council with the details.

There are nine Household Waste Recycling Centres in the Borough where you can dispose of household waste during opening hours, please click on the link below for more information:
Household Waste Recycling Centres

 

We continue to address the issue of cigarette litter in an effort to reduce the number of cigarette butts discarded on our streets. Littering with cigarette butts accounts for the majority of fines issued by the Council.  We hope to reduce the number of cigarettes butts on our streets with the offer of free re-usable cigarette pouches for smokers. If you would like to receive one of the pouches, please contact us.

We continue to reduce the amount of discarded chewing gum on our footpaths and open spaces.  We aim to reduce the need for clean-ups through our ‘Bin It’ roadshow and chewing gum poster campaigns, with the offer of free Gum-Raps which are pocket sized anti-litter pouches for the convenient disposal of chewing gum while on the move. These initiatives encourage environmental awareness and deliver an effective and engaging way to responsibly dispose of chewing gum. Please contact us if you feel you or a young person’s group would like to receive a supply of Gum-Raps.

The council can deal with abandoned and nuisance vehicles under the Pollution Control and Local Government (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 respectively.

Report an Abandoned Vehicle
We work with the PSNI and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to trace the owners of abandoned vehicles before taking further action. Council can issue:

  • a seven day notice to remove the vehicle, after which we can remove and dispose of it and
  • a £200 fixed penalty to the vehicle owner

You can report an abandoned vehicle to us. Please provide us with as much information as possible about the vehicle, including:

  • make and model
  • registration number
  • colour
  • condition
  • exact location
  • approximate length of time it has been there.

Report a Nuisance Vehicle
It is an offence to

  • leave two or more vehicles for sale within 500m of each other on a road
  • carry out repairs to a vehicle on a road (unless as a result of an accident or breakdown).

Offenders may be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Please contact us if you wish to report a nuisance vehicle, providing information on the make and model, registration number and location of the vehicle.