Oldham Council removed nearly 25 tons of rubbish off the streets of Alexandra during the first month of the Don't Trash Oldham campaign.

The teams cleared fly-tipping, rubbish and litter from 114 roads and 80 alleyways, while also removing weeds and shrubs they found.

Council leader Arooj Shah said: "This is a great effort from our teams and I know our residents really appreciate what they are doing.

"That’s a huge amount of waste that has been cleaned up and it will make a big difference to the people who live in Alexandra. Nobody wants to live in a tip.

"It’s a shame we have to tackle waste on this scale, but this campaign shows we are serious about clearing up the borough and prioritising clean streets and neighbourhoods."

Oldham Council is investing £1.27 million on the borough-wide Don't Trash Oldham campaign, on top of what they spend on cleaning up fly-tipping, waste and litter.

The council said some residents showed their gratitude by bringing out refreshments for the cleaning teams and that all neighbourhoods will be cleaned in the coming months. The teams are currently cleaning up Chadderton Central and Chadderton North.

Cllr Amanda Chadderton, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "We've received some really positive feedback for what we are doing.

"We know we can’t stop fly-tipping and littering overnight but we are doing our bit and we will look to take action against those who think they can get away with."

Cllr Chadderton suggested residents should lock their alleygates and organise community litter picks as ways to avoid having major rubbish problems in their neighbourhoods.

The campaign also aims to create new jobs including more street cleaners and enforcement staff as they look to fine and prosecute people who commit offences.

For more information about the campaign, including details of when your area will be visited, go to https://www.oldham.gov.uk/donttrasholdham.