A programme launched in Oxford aimed at cleaning up the city’s streets has been hailed a success.
The Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign was launched last year and aims to improve cleanliness through both targeted cleaning operations and fines for members of the public who litter.
Recently, readers of Conde Nast’s Traveller magazine voted the city the cleanest in the UK in its annual poll, suggesting the campaign is paying off.
Councillor John Tanner told the Oxford Times: “I’m amazed about how well it has gone.
“The absence in the city centre of takeaway food containers, plastic bags and cigarette butts and all the things we had come to accept as normal has made a real difference.
“I’m so proud at the way the public have responded and how hard staff are working.”
So far, 500 members of the public have been fined for dropping litter as part of the scheme, while cleaning teams have removed chewing gum from the streets and collected rubbish.
A similar scheme was recently launched by Sefton Council, which is spending £45,000 to remove chewing gum and graffiti from the streets of Stockport.
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