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Public encouraged to report syringes in Allerdale

Monday 9 October 2017

Allerdale Borough Council is encouraging anyone who sees a used syringe to report it to them immediately – and with their new app, it is now even easier to do this.

Allerdale Borough Council has received 56 reports of abandoned syringes in a public place since April 2017 and reports of syringes are treated as the highest priority. Specialist training and equipment is needed to safely remove and dispose of them so the Council does ask that people don’t pick them up themselves. However, it may be useful to cover the syringe with a brick or something similar to stop others from stepping on it.

Many of the syringe reports come in via the Council’s ‘myAllerdale’ app. This automatically identifies the customer’s location and means the report goes straight to the clean-up teams. The app includes features to report other things such as fly tipping, litter, dog mess and nuisances. Once downloaded people can also access rubbish and recycling information, make payments and check the progress of their reports.

Michael Heaslip, Executive Member with responsibility for street cleaning, said: “Unfortunately we do have people who are using syringes for drugs and aren’t disposing of them safely. Therefore I would advise anyone who sees a syringe lying around to report it to us and we’ll deal with it as a priority.”

The ‘myAllerdale’ app is free to download and is available from the Google Play, Apple and Microsoft app stores. Reports can also be made through the Council’s website.

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