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The Environmental Task Force (ETF) provided a Ward activity update at the recent Ward 13 Garscadden/Scotstounhill Area Partnership meeting. The Ward covers Yoker, Knightswood and Scotstoun neighbourhoods.

This report provides details of ETF within Ward 13 and it gives a snapshot of information on the communications channels used to report issues to the ETF.

The establishment of the Environmental Task Force (ETF) marked a new approach to service delivery along thematic lines rather than more traditional departmental lines. This new approach encourages integrated working across a range of Council Family services to a common theme. It creates a framework for various services from across the Council Family and partner organisations to share common objectives, a shared understanding of success, and improved targeting and coordination of services.

You can download the report from the Council website or here 20180424_Ward13_AP_ETF_Report_Apr17-Jan18

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Glasgow City Council has been running a successful pilot programme to tackle issues around commercial waste within the city centre and this has now been rolled-out across the rest of the city centre by the end of March. The focus was to reduce the number of large bins stored on the street and now businesses will need to store their waste in or on their premises. Businesses that don’t comply could face fines of up to £1000.

The next stage will see the project being rolled-out across the whole of Glasgow by early March 2019, and businesses are now being contacted with more advice on the changes. In the North West of Glasgow the date for compliance is 15 September 2018.

The primary aim of the project – which was achieved in the pilot areas – was to substantially reduce the adverse impact of the then current waste collection practices (especially the use of bulky, brightly-coloured commercial waste containers on streets, pavements and lanes) to enhance the appearance of the area making it more pleasant for to live, work and study there.

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Partick Action on Litter are holding two more community clean ups in the next few. The first is at 10am on Sunday 25 March and the second is at 530pm on Monday 9 April. All equipment is provided and the meeting point is 14 Fortrose Street, Partick G11 5NS.

Help your gallant band of local litter-activists to improve our streets after a wide-ranging February event which cleared 30 bags of rubbish from Stewartville Street, Gardner Street, Lawrie Street, Chancellor Street, White Street. Lawrence Street and Mansfield Park. Prettify Partick’s pavements! Sweep the scum off the sidewalks! Remove rubbish! Fight filth! Defeat detritus! Wage war on carelessly-discarded waste! All equipment provided! All welcome! Don’t just lament the problem, act to become part of the solution…

You can find out more about the group on their Facebook page and they have event pages for the clean ups as well.

Keep Scotland Beautiful have published a report showing that Scotland’s local environmental quality is deteriorating and that it is at a 10 year all time low.

The Local Environmental Quality in Decline report confirms that there has been a marked increase in the presence of litter, flytipping and graffiti in communities across the Scotland, and an overall decline in local environmental quality.

Poor local environmental quality is having a negative impact every day on the lives of over one million people living in Scotland. Local environmental quality is declining more severely and at a faster rate in our most deprived communities. And for those that perceive their local environment to be poor are more likely to report poorer physical and mental health.

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Zero Waste Scotland are rolling out a new litter and flytipping prevention initiative across Scotland to help organisations and communities in Scotland reduce costs and create a safer, cleaner environment for all.

Organisations from a wide range of sectors and industries are being encouraged to produce Litter Prevention Action Plans which will then feed into the development of Community Litter Prevention Action Plans covering each Local Authority area.

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Zero Waste Scotland has produced a guide of ideas to tackle littering that go beyond picking it up. Litter-picking tackles the symptoms of the litter problem without tracing it back to the source. No sooner have you finished tidying up, than the problem rears its ugly head again

This guide will show you how to go further. How to channel the enthusiasm from previous litter picks – inspiring communities to prevent litter in the first place.

From surprising techniques taken from behavioural science, to a targeted messaging toolkit, this guide will help you address Scotland’s litter problem in innovative ways — ways that deliver for the long term.

They’ve included lots of inspirational examples from across the UK and beyond. You’ll find more detailed case studies of selected examples at the end of this guide. Download the guide here: ZWS guide booklet_Beyond_Litter_pick_AW2

bankhead_litter_poster_croppedSean Hughes, a P7/6 pupil at Bankhead Primary School, has won £600 worth of prizes in an anti-litter poster competition.

Sean bagged the prize for his school after designing the winning entry in the competition run by city’s Environmental Task Force. He will now see his poster emblazoned on a banner to be erected at the Knightswood school urging people to take pride in their community and to bin their rubbish.

The school has also won two planters made from recycled wood by Community Safety Glasgow as well as a fantastic Handicart and litter picking kit donated by Helping Hand Environmental.

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