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Littering and dog fouling successes for Kingdom in Wrexham

clip_image002Two pieces of good news have been reported today about the success of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division in the County Borough of Wrexham.

Firstly, a total of 533 fines were issued in June to people dropping their litter and cigarette butts on the floor and failing to clean up after their dogs. Of these, 490 were for people dropping cigarette butts, 32 were for dropping other litter and 11 were for dog owners for not cleaning up after their pets.

According to the website Wrexham.com:“The fines come as a result of a crackdown on littering and dog fouling across the County Borough, with enforcement officers from Kingdom Security brought in earlier this year by Wrexham Council to tackle the issue.”

Secondly, there has been an overall decrease in dog fouling across the County Borough. Wrexham.com went on to say:

“The reduction in dog fouling, which has been a well documented problem across the County Borough has been welcomed by Ashley Houston-Birch, Team Leader at Kingdom Security.

“He said: ‘We are seeing a lot more people picking up after their dogs have fouled, and being responsible. After following up customer service requests, we have found some areas which have a high level of dog fouling, and we are paying regular visits to those areas. We are also speaking to people in those areas to try to find the best times to patrol.’”

Kingdom started tackling litter and dog fouling in the streets and parks of the County Borough of Wrexham on behalf of Wrexham Council just three and a half months ago on 1st April 2016, and so is delighted to see the dramatic effect that their Environmental Protection services are having there already. This is part of the council’s “zero tolerance” approach to litter and dog fouling that sees people who are caught littering, dropping cigarette butts or not cleaning up after their pets being issued with a £75 fine.

As part of this, Kingdom also launched their “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers. Commenting on this, Ashley Houston-Birch said: “We continue to hand out Bin It to Win It cards to those who dispose of their litter, and that has received good feedback – people are happy that we are giving something back”.

There was also praise from Councillor David A Bithell, the Leader Member for Environment and Transport at Wrexham Council, who said: “I’m very pleased to hear that more dog owners are taking on board the consequences of failing to pick up after their pets – dog waste and litter are an unsightly blight on many communities, but the recent change in attitude shows that enforcement is taking effect and that is encouraging. I’m also glad that Bin It to Win It continues to recognise the good behaviour of the vast majority of residents who are conscientious enough to dispose of litter and dog waste properly.”

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.