Council bosses are calling on the owners of waste transport lorries asking them to take action to stop litter blowing from their vehicles.
Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs made the move following a recent ‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ action day in the Seaton ward, focusing on the area bordered by Stockton Road, Seaton Lane, Brenda Road and Usworth Road, and including the Jutland Road residential area.
Litter in the area – which includes rubbish blowing out of the tops of lorries – had been highlighted by residents as a concern, so a lookout was kept for lorries travelling through the area with litter coming from them due to missing or inadequate netting or other coverings.
A total of 17 were seen and letters have been sent to the companies concerned, reminding them of their duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to ensure that rubbish is not able to escape from the vehicles transporting it.
Councillor Marjorie James, Chair of the Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “Litter from waste transport vehicles can, and does, blow into residential areas.
“The Council has written to the companies to ask them to ensure that their vehicles are properly covered so that litter can’t escape.
“Working together we can all play a role in helping to keep our town a clean and pleasant place in which to live.”
Among the range of other ‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ activities in Seaton ward were a legal notice for the removal of waste in a garden, two warning notices – one for an overgrown garden and one for stockpiled scrap metal on a driveway and a fine for littering.
Dog fouling warning signs were stencilled onto pavements and 15 similar warnings fixed onto lamp posts, discarded bike tyres were removed from various locations, illegally-placed business advertising signs were removed from the roadside, litter picking was carried out and fly-tipping was removed.
Housing Hartlepool also carried out a number of repairs and improvements to properties.