COLERAINE Borough Council and Tesco Coleraine recently joined forces to tackle an ongoing problem of litter at Bannfield near Hanover in the town.
Several bags of mixed waste were removed from a small stretch of river bank to the rear of the Coleraine supermarket by Tesco staff, supported by Council’s Environment Officer Jim Allen.
The small wooded raised river bank just behind the busy store’s goods delivery compound is frequently littered, prompting some public complaints being made to Council in the aftermath of the busy Christmas and stormy period. A Council inspection of the area revealed that the waste was partly as a result of wind-blown waste from a nearby overfilled skip along with river-borne litter being deposited on the bank by large spring tidal surges and the fact that the area is often used by off-street drinkers. Those using the small informal park for drinking sometimes tamper with stored supermarket waste as well as leaving numerous plastic bags and drinks containers behind, creating an eyesore and adding to the litter entering the river.
Tesco management were interviewed regarding the matter and they promptly initiated a clean-up with the promise of a voluntary litter pick of the area.
Kieran Doherty, Director of Environmental Services said “Tesco management were very quick to assume responsibility for their part in the littering and immediately put in place a number of safeguards to help prevent a repeat of any waste escaping from their property.
“Their staff were especially enthusiastic and efficient in their clean up and we applaud their efforts to go that little bit further and remove the waste that had been left by the tide and off-street drinkers”.
This is not the first time that Tesco staff from the Coleraine store has been involved in environmental cleanups and have a core team of staff who regularly sign up to litter picks. Tesco has agreed to sign up to any further community clean up projects supported by Council.
Meanwhile the area is being monitored by both Council enforcement staff and Tesco in an effort to keep the area clean and tidy.