I’m sure like us at Amberol, you are wondering where the last 12 months have gone! As usual, we have had a busy year working with customers across the UK, Ireland, Europe – and even further beyond. We are often amazed by the hard work and dedication that we see from the people that we meet – from volunteers in Britain in Bloom, to local authority groundstaff. We aim to make a visible difference to communities – but it is really our customers who achieve that.
While our customers in the UK may not be familiar with the Tidy Towns competition, it is a major event for many of our customers in Ireland. Now in its 58th year, the annual competition is a popular community based initiative, designed to encourage people to take care of where they live.
It’s the time of year when our grit bins come into their own and so we were interested to read about Oldham Council’s recent initiative to name its gritter vehicle in an annual public vote. The competition has seen previous years’ vehicles named Freddie Salted and Gritney Spears.
An estimated £850 million pounds’ worth of council tax is spent annually gathering around 30 million tonnes of litter from the streets of Britain. As a result, many local authorities are looking to find ways of reducing expenditure but without impacting on services.
Littering is a major concern for councils across the UK - and a significant drain on resources. For example, in the county of Herefordshire the council spends around £1 million every year on clearing litter. The introduction of a new campaign by the council aims to highlight the amount of litter in town and the affect this is having on the budget.