Local children from Chater Junior School in Watford designed a fun and informative postcard that they hope will influence residents to dispose of their waste legally.
Children entered their designs into a competition and the winning design is being used on postcards that are going to be delivered to over 2,000 homes over the coming weeks.
The aim of the message on the postcard is to educate residents to dispose of their waste correctly rather than leave it near litter bins.
The winning design, by Armani Aziz, was picked by the judges as it clearly represents the message that residents should dispose of their waste responsibly.
Armani won a gift voucher for a local toy shop and her winning design will be printed on a postcard and also put on four litter bins in the local area.
The runner-up design by Sajjad Bukhari will be displayed on the utility box in Harwoods Road and Sajjad has won a family swim session kindly donated by Everyone Active Watford Leisure Centre Central.
It is clear that whilst there are a minority of people who purposefully fly tip knowing it is wrong, there are also residents that don’t know that fly tipping is illegal and can lead to Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) being issued.
The areas being targeted are currently affected by fly tipping that is mainly due to residents dumping by litter bins. This project aims to let them know the right way to dispose of waste, as well as designing out some of the problems.
In March new bins will be installed and planting is being undertaken. This is to be combined with additional weed control and litter picks that will improve the general appearance and help discourage fly tipping and give all residents pride in their local area.
Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “The council has been testing ways of eradicating fly tipping from our town and we are now taking a similar approach in West Watford.
“It was fantastic to see local schoolchildren engaged as part of the project. It was difficult for us to pick a winner, but the winning design embodied the message we need to get across.
“We hope residents who dump their rubbish illegally on the street start taking responsibility for their waste when they want to get rid of it.”