Environmental Enforcement Wardens
What's red and black and very, very green - West Lothian's Environmental Enforcement team.
The environmental wardens, who patrol across West Lothian, to crack down on environmental crime.
The team offers a new and improved service, with environmental wardens based in specific areas to develop good relations with residents and work with them to identify and tackle localised problems.
The wardens provide a dedicated resource to undertake enforcement action against environmental crimes, patrolling local communities from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. They will also continue to educate local residents about the impact of environmental crime - highlighting the fact that offenders are responsible for their actions.
West Lothian Council announced its expansion of the Environmental Enforcement team in response to public demand for more action against dog fouling, litter, fly tipping, abandoned vehicles and graffiti.
Easily recognisable in their distinct red and black uniforms, the team is composed of people from various backgrounds, including former police officers and community wardens.
The expansion of the team from three to 18 wardens is proving popular with local business people and members of the community. The team will work alongside the Neighbourhood Environment teams and Land Services to maximise action and improvements on local environmental issues.
West Lothian Council is urging people to play their part in keeping their community clean and free from environmental crimes. If you would like to report an environmental crime such as dog-fouling, fly-tipping, litter or abandoned vehicles please phone 01506 775000.
National Spring Clean wins top Environmental Awards
In April 2008 the team of Environmental Wardens ran a National Spring Clean in West Lothian, as part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful initiative running throughout the country. The Wardens engaged the help of the local schools, parents, teachers and community groups. In all over 3000 volunteers took part in the scheme and helped collect over 1000 bags of rubbish.
The event was deemed a great success by everyone involved and it will be ran again this year so please help clean up your local community by getting involved and playing your part.
The Environmental Wardens and NETs and Land Services were recognised for the success of the event in May 2008 when they were awarded the Keep Scotland Beautiful Quaich for the largest community involvement, per head of population, in the country. Then in February 2009 the Spring Clean initiative was awarded the People and Places Award for Support of the Communities.
Executive councillor for the environment, Robert De Bold, said: "I am delighted that West Lothian Council has been awarded the Keep Scotland Beautiful's People and Places Award.
"It is a tremendous achievement for our Environmental Wardens, the Neighbourhood Environmental teams and the Land Services team. They all did a great job in organising clean up events throughout West Lothian last summer, and I would like to thank the 3,131 volunteers that attended the events.
"The award demonstrates the important work that our teams carry out to help ensure communities in West Lothian remain clean and tidy."
The Service repeated this success in 2010 and increased the numbers of participants taking part. We would like to thank everyone who got involved and as part of this achievement.
You can keep up to date with the work the Environmental Wardens are doing by using the links below to check their monthly and yearly statistics.