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Upcycle group help pull the plug on irresponsible fly-tippers

A bathtub which had been irresponsibly fly-tipped in Sefton has been given a new lease of life after being ‘upcycled’ into a floral planter.

The acrylic tub, which had been dumped on the roadside, was used on the council’s social media channels to raise awareness of making sure people report fly-tipping to the local authority.

The bathtub which was found fly-tipped on the pavement

Southport based eco-firm Plughole Planters contacted Sefton Council to ask if they could take ownership of the bath and ‘upcycle’ it into one of their famous bathtub planters.

Once completed, the transformed bathtub planter was generously donated to the North Park Community Gardens group, where it will now be filled with colourful flowers in time for summer.

Steve Smith, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health & Trading Standards Manager, said: “Fly-tipping is never acceptable, however we would like to thank Plughole Planters for their fantastic efforts in transforming this unsightly dumped bathtub into a beautiful and environmentally friendly planter.

“There was never any need for this bathtub to be dumped in the first place as upcycling groups like Plughole Planters, as well as charities, would put them to better use.”

Morgan Griffin, Managing Director of Plughole Planters, said: “We were delighted that Sefton offered us the chance to ‘upcycle’ this unsightly piece of fly-tipping.

“It was lovely to meet with Ali Horton of the North Park Community Garden where the planter will now be proudly displayed and filled with beautiful flowers.

“Fly-tipping is unsightly and anti-social. There are so many responsible and eco-friendly ways to get rid of your unwanted household items and this is a happy ending to an otherwise unsightly and illegal act.”

Residents are encouraged to report any instances of flytipping via Sefton Council’s website. For more information visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/litter-and-fly-tipping.

To find out more about the Plughole Planters visit www.plugholeplanters.co.uk

Longer hours for Merseyside Recycling Centres

Residents will have the opportunity to recycle more from Sunday, April 1 as the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres open for an extra three hours every day.

The 14 Recycling Centres, which are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and operated by resource management company Veolia, will be switching to their summer opening hours, meaning they’ll be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*, seven days a week.

The Recycling Centres are situated throughout the region with all 14 available to use for all Merseyside householders. They accept all sorts of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, wood, and white goods. They also accept lesser known items such as takeaway coffee cups, clothes, furniture and electrical items.

A Van Permit scheme is in operation at all the sites meaning if you are planning to use a van or large trailer then you will need a Permit. Permits can be obtained free of charge by calling 0151 236 0305 or visiting www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

The Recycling Centres are open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Weather Update: Refuse collections, Schools & Gritting

Weather Update: 08/03/2018

Our highways teams have been gritting since 2.30am this morning (Thursday March 8) and continue to do so.

However the unexpected intensity of the snow, a number of schools have taken the decision to close. 

For a full list of school closures click here

We’re encouraging residents to take extra care when out and about in the borough.

All cleansing waste services have been suspended for today and will start up again tomorrow (Friday March 9) working a day late, collecting today’s waste , while working on Saturday to collect Friday’s Waste.

For any more information, residents should consult our website, www.sefton.gov.uk, and social media channels, which are being regularly updated throughout the day.

Sensational summer for Coast volunteers

Over the summer we’ve enjoyed spending time on the Sefton Coast with visitors to our dunes, woodlands, beaches and parks.

Over the summer (April – September), the Friends of Sefton Coast have had over 750 volunteer visits, giving more than 1500 hours of time to help clean up beaches, woodlands and parks, and  keeping access routes clear and carrying out wildlife surveys.

We held several Beach Clean Ups over the summer and our volunteers recovered over 550 bags of debris, they then separated the debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this produced almost 100 bags recyclable plastics.

If you were one of the brilliant volunteers who helped out over the summer, we’d love to hear from you and capture your experiences of working along the Sefton coast. We would love to be able to share your feelings and experiences with people living and working in Sefton and hopefully inspire others to help maintain Sefton’s natural beauty and share in its huge capacity to improve health and wellbeing amongst our local communities.

Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve are now under the management of the National Trust. For the Friends of Sefton Coast who volunteer at these sites, you may still do so, but you might want to discuss your voluntary contributions with the National Trust also. If you are happy for us to forward your contact details to the National Trust, please let us know.

All of our volunteers who have previously gone through the grazing animal’s welfare training will be aware that as winter approaches, the sheep and cattle will be back on the grazing enclosures at Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve. If you can help with welfare checks, please get in touch with us at the Ainsdale office and we will make arrangements with you. If you have not been through the stock animals training, but are still be interested in helping us to monitor the winter grazing animals, then please get in touch because we can arrange to provide you with suitable training.

 

Don’t forget that you can contact the Friends of Sefton Coast group or email Gordon White, Coast & Countryside Officer for Sefton Council – Email: Gordon.white@sefton.gov.uk at any time. Equally, if you know anyone who is interested in visiting, exploring and enjoying the coast, who might like to volunteer, then please ask them to get in touch, everyone is welcome.

Twelve convicted of littering offences in Sefton

Twelve people have been found guilty of littering in Sefton, leading to convictions worth over £4,000. 

Residents from Sefton, Preston and Liverpool were convicted of littering at South Sefton Magistrates Court at hearings which took place on Tuesday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 29. 

 Chelsea Rebecca Owen, 18, of Crosby Road South in Waterloo, appeared in court to plead guilty to littering and was fined a total of £205.

Eleven defendants were found guilty in their absence. They were:

Gytis Andrius, 21, of Duke Street Southport; fined £372

Paul Finch, 44, of Stanley Street Southport; fined £372

James Owen, 21, of Alma Road Birkdale; fined £372

Irena Borwiec, 42, of Bath Street North Southport; fined £372

Sebastian Tabaroiu, 22, of Irving Street Southport; fined £372

Nicola Foster, 19, of Manchester Road Southport;  fined £372
 
Sharon Jeffries, 52, of The Ferns, Preston; fined £322

Deborah Lunt of Lord Street, Southport; fined £422

Amelia Trim, 32, of Eastbank Street, Southport; fined £322

Gerad Derby, 32, of Fir Avenue Liverpool; fined £322

Tracy Jones, 41 of Wennington Road Southport; fined £322 

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“No matter how big or small an item is, dropping litter is an offence.

 “Residents and visitors to the borough need to understand that they are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who simply ignore this. 

 “Court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught and we hope it will make people think twice before just throwing their waste away.

 “Either take it home or use a bin.”

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