Stone businesses encouraged to sign litter free pledge

Litter Free PledgeBusinesses and organisations in Stone are being urged to sign up to pledge their support to rid the area of litter.

Keeping the streets clean costs Stafford Borough Council tax payers around £1 million a year and on Thursday (12 October) the council is bringing its campaign to Stone town centre.  The borough council is inviting businesses to come along and sign up to say they will help keep the areas around their premises litter free.

The borough authority has taken a zero tolerance approach to the environmental crime and this year alone more than 180 people have been handed on the spot fines for discarding litter such as cigarette butts and chewing gum.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, Councillor Frank Finlay, said that a clean borough makes the area attractive for people to live, visit and for new businesses to invest in which helps boost the local economy.

The launch in the High Street, Stone will take place on Thursday (12 October) with stalls and displays covering enforcement, plans for the campaign and how people can get involved.

But taking centre stage will be the huge two metre high ‘Business charter’ with owners and managers of local outlets invited to sign up to show their support to doing their bit for the environment.

Last month around 40 businesses and organisations signed up in Stafford’s Market Square with hundreds of people coming along on the day to speak to council officers about the campaign.

Councillor Finlay said: “It is important we work together with our local businesses, organisations, and communities to ensure our borough remains attractive to all. All we are asking is for people to have pride in their area and do their bit to help.

“We have demonstrated that we will take action against those who treat the area as a giant dustbin but we would much rather work with people to avoid litter than having to fine those for dropping it.”

The council team will be there from 12 noon in the High Street. Any business wanting to lend their support to the campaign can contact Rebecca Espley or 01785 619418.


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