One in seven streets failing to meet standards on litter

Streets and parks are failing to meet litter standards.
Streets and parks are failing to meet litter standards.

One in seven of Northern Ireland’s streets and parks has failed to meet the accepted standard for litter during 2016, Environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has said.

This is despite councils spending a total of £43,285,212 on cleansing during 2015-16; a rise of over eight per cent during the previous year.

Last August, Carrick was revealed to have the highest number of dog and litter complaints in Mid and East Antrim.

There were 225 complaints recorded in the Carrick area during one month alone compared to 98 in Larne and 122 in Ballymena.

However according to the survey, dog fouling is showing signs of improvement.

A council pilot scheme to encourage dog walkers to clean up after their pets has been proposed for Whitehead.

The scheme is expected to be implemented in association with a group of volunteers who will be able to provide a dog waste bag.