Birmingham news City mosques battling 'flytipping surge' through Ramadan MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The two-week campaign aims to tackle flytipping in areas such as Stechford, Small Heath, Bordesley Green and Alum Rock by using the teachings of Islam
Breaking News ! Birmingham mosques, volunteers and the community have joined together to crackdown on flytipping in predominantly 'Asian' areas after a lockdown 'surge'. Dawat-e-Islam, a global and national Islamic organisation with mosques across the Midlands, plans to use the religion's teachings on cleanliness to urge people to stop littering and dumping on city streets. The two-week campaign, set to run partly through Ramadan, has seen 'say no to flytipping' banners displayed outside mosques, supermarkets and garages in Balsall Heath, Sparkbrook, Washwood Heath, Aston, Lozells and Small Heath. The large yellow and green posters, with a red cross through an image of dumped furniture, read: "Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him has said: 'Allah Almighty is pure & loves purity. He almighty is clean & loves cleanliness'". Posters with the same branding have also been displayed in local takeaways and dessert shops with the help of the street watch and West Midlands Police. Pictured left Atiq Ahmed Mir and Muhammad Wasim from the Dawat-E-Islami, Faizan E Madina Stechford, Birmingham And today, worshippers heading to Friday prayers at mosques in the city will have heard a speech to educate households on waste disposal and deter against flytipping. They have 12 centres on board across the Midlands for the Friday prayer speeches, including five in Birmingham - Stechford, Bordesley Green, Alum Rock, Aston and Sparkhill. Volunteer Muhammed Wasim is heading up the campaign from the main mosque, Faizan-e-Madina. He said: "We raise a lot of social problems and try to tackle them and raise awareness. "Unfortunately there's a very high peak in regards to flytipping cases, and even the cleanliness as well. We are planning to raise awareness campaign and because we're focusing on the Asian areas, the best way we can do this is through religion. "With Islam, 50 per cent of the religion is on cleanliness - it puts a lot of focus on cleanliness. "We're working a lot in Lozells, Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Alum Rock, Small Heath, Bordesley Green. We're just putting banners and posters in the right places for visibility." A dumped sofa sits beneath a police warning on a street in Lozells The campaign includes: Banners outside mosques, garages and supermarkets Posters in shops, dessert parlours and takeaways Raising awareness to thousands through Friday prayer speeches Education on how to apply for a larger bin Fix my street to urge people to report flytipping to the council Two public awareness videos for social media - one on flytipping and another on littering Virtual events to engage students and educate on littering across the Midlands "There'll be information on what to do if anybody does dump a fridge or anything outside your house," Mr Wasim said. "And anybody that has a house full of more than six people, they can apply for a bigger bin - which the majority of people don't know about. "If you have more than nine people in your household, you can apply for an extra large bin. Maybe that would save people throwing an extra black bag onto the streets and into their bin. "This is the kind of awareness we're intending to give.
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He said: "The reason why we're tackling this now is Ramadan. We thought it was the best time. "A lot of people will be going to the supermarkets to buy their fasting food. So one or two days before Ramadan the shops are packed out. "A lot more people come to the mosque, there's a lot of activity that happens. We thought if we wanted to hit this campaign big, the best time is just before Ramadan and into Ramadan." The campaign also aims to target young people with awareness with education on littering and flytipping. They hope two new public awareness videos, along with virtual events for students, will help tackle the problem. "To target the youngsters, we've recorded two public awareness videos, about littering and flytipping," Mr Wasim explained. "We're also planning virtual gatherings. Prior to Covid-19, we were having gatherings at the Lighthouse for youths 9-16 and for University students 16 - 24. "But unfortunately this isn't happening so we're having a number of virtual events. We're going to be speaking about cleanliness." He added: "Let's clean our streets, let's clean our communities and clean our roads to make our society and better society."
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