BRADFORD Council is aiming to form partnerships with take away owners in a bid to tackle littering.

A recent report into litter and fly tipping in Bradford details plans for Council Wardens and Enforcement Officers to work with closer with take aways.

In return for businesses cutting down on packaging and spreading anti-litter messages, the authority would agree to provide litter picking equipment and ensure more regular street sweeping in that area.

The report says: "With a reduction in street cleansing resources it is no longer sustainable to expect the Council to be held responsible for clearing all litter generated from businesses.

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"The businesses agree to reduce packaging, especially plastic, to promote anti-litter messages to their customers and to take responsibility for the rubbish that their customers drop by carrying out regular litter picks around their premises or litter hotspots that their customers frequent. In return the Council will supply free litter pickers, gloves and bags that businesses can place next to litter bins. The Council will also ensure that the area is swept regularly by a mechanical sweeper.

"Businesses are also reminded that tougher enforcement action can be taken

against them if they do not clean up litter from their business."

The scheme is currently being trialled with a small number of takeaways across the district. But the Council says that if the voluntary partnership proves to be successful it will be rolled out across the district.