Street cleaning

James investigates litter

James investigates litter

Dunfermline North has been blighted by litter problems for a number of years, and James Calder is campaigning to get this problem sorted out once and for all.

James commented ‘In the last Council election I campaigned vigorously for the Council to work to deal with problems related to littering and dumping in the local area. If I had been elected I would have made this a priority, and I still feel this is something to campaign on. I get especially annoyed when I step out my door and see litter or dog dirt and I feel residents should not need to deal with this.’

‘I know of some great grassroots efforts to solve this which I applaud, but the Council should do more to deter offenders and also provide more public bins. If elected, I would campaign to both get this mess sorted out and also to properly deal with the culprits.’

James with a 'Big Belly' bin in Anstruther

James with a ‘Big Belly’ bin in Anstruther

James Calder, by-election candidate for Dunfermline South, has been campaigning for the Council to do more about litter. One of the most obvious ways to deal with this is by additional bin provision, which James has been keen to highlight.

On a recent trip to Anstruther to enjoy the seaside, something else caught James’ eye – the high tech Big Belly bins. After discovering this new innovation, James felt compelled to investigate further.

James has commented, ‘The Big Belly bins in Anstruther use green solar power to compact the waste, in order to reduce the issue of overflowing bins and reduce the necessity to empty bins as often. They also can apparently alert staff as to when the bin is full.’

‘This has obvious implications for helping to reduce litter, as they prevent litter from flying about when it is getting full. While I am sure there is an expensive start-up cost, over the long-term the benefits could be superb if it can help reduce litter problems. This would make Dunfermline a more attractive place to live in the long-run and could also boost its tourism potential if it is a cleaner environment.’

James investigates litter

James investigates litter

Litter blighting Dunfermline

Litter blighting Dunfermline

Parts of Dunfermline South has been blighted by litter problems for a number of years, and James Calder is campaigning to get this problem sorted out once and for all.

Areas of the ward have a number of issues regarding litter, and James believes that the Council can take proactive measures to resolve this, and he has made this part of his Dunfermline Needs a Fix campaign.

James commented ‘Whenever I walk around some of Dunfermline’s wonderful parkland, I always find it frustrating when I see litter flying around. There are some great community initiatives to deal with this. However, despite the best intentions of the current council administration, they are not doing enough to tackle this blight on the local environment.’

‘I have had some interesting conversations with local residents, including some commenting that wind can blow over recycling bins which adds to this problem. I am a massive fan of recycling and I am sure there must be a way to make sure all recycling is recycled and not becoming part of the litter problem.’

‘If elected, I would campaign to both get this mess sorted out and also to properly deal with the culprits. Moreover, I would also work to have more public bins put in place in our parks, as this to me seems something basic that the Council could achieve with a minimal amount of spending.’

If there are any areas of Dunfermline South that you feel the Council could do more in, please contact James, he is available at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamescalderlibdem

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Email: james@dunfermlinelibdems.org.uk