Radian’s ‘Amnesty Day’ at Sawyers Close, Windsor, saw the community come together to tackle fly tipping and dispose of over 2 tonnes of waste.
The amnesty day was organised by Radian’s Community Development team to combat the sheer volume of rubbish that is often left in Sawyers Close on a weekly basis. The day brought together the Sawyers Close Residents Association and their children, Cllr Edward Wilson, Lanz Group (Waste Management Service providers) and Radian’s Neighbourhood officer Carl Button and Community Development Officers Lynne Constantine and Madhuri Bedi.
Fly tipping is not only a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife, it also incurs huge costs to Radian which can negatively impact on service charge rates. An amnesty day provides a chance for residents to leave household waste at designated collection points to be picked up by a waste disposal team and recycled.
The day was a complete success. With the support of Lanz Group, the Sawyers Close residents were able to dispose of 2.34 tonnes of waste at no cost to themselves.
Cllr Edward Wilson, volunteers from the Sawyers Close Resident Association and their children also supported the day. Chair of the Residents Association, Donna Brown, provided refreshments to the volunteers with Tesco kindly donating £10 as a contribution to these.
While Sawyers Close does not fall within Cllr Wilson’s ward, he was a litter picking champion, arriving on the day with waste bags, litter pickers, gloves and high-vis jackets for the volunteers.
For residents who don’t have transport access to the tip, an amnesty day allows them to get rid of heavy items which they would not otherwise be able to dispose of. The involvement of residents of all ages working to pick up the litter can help keep littering down in the future and keep it at manageable levels.
Madhuri Bedi, Radian’s Community Development Officer, said: “The day was a huge success. We hope that following this event, and with the recent installation of CCTV in the area, that fly tipping will become a thing of the past. We’d like to thank Lanz as well, who very kindly gave us a Grab Vehicle and driver for the event. They went way out of their way by supporting us on a Saturday and sent us an additional vehicle and driver due to the sheer volume collated.”