How Can You Help?

Closed 1 Mar 2024

Opened 20 Jul 2022


As part of its 2030 Vision, Sefton Council is committed to maintaining a clean, green and beautiful borough. This pledge encourages everybody to work together to keep Sefton clean and green, with a commitment to recycling, low pollution and better air quality.  

As part of this, the Council has specific action plans to help minimise the impact of air pollution in our Air Quality Management Areas i.e. the most polluted parts of the borough. Sefton’s latest Air Quality Status Report provides full detail on the air quality actions and is available here

There are many things that residents can do to help improve air quality in their area too. Some helpful tips are summarised below:

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  1. Try alternative travel
    Did you know that 55% of car journeys are less than 5 miles? Many of these journeys could easily be walked or made by bike or public transport. By reducing the number of journeys made using a car, you could make a real impact on the air quality in your area. Sefton Council’s Active Travel programme promotes different ways you can get around the borough. Find out more at
  2. Share your journey
    When two or more people share a car and travel together, it allows more people to benefit from the convenience of a car, shares travel costs and ultimately reduces congestion and air pollution. There are car sharing websites available online or you could consider starting a car sharing club in your work place.
  3. Become an eco-driver
    Many drivers pick up bad habits after years on the road but making a few small changes will not only save you money in reduced fuel costs, it will also reduce emissions of air pollutants and impact on climate change. Small changes include reducing the use of air conditioning; avoiding unnecessary idling of your car engine; avoiding sharp acceleration and harsh braking, making sure your tyres are at the right pressure and shifting into a higher gear as soon as possible
  4. Change up your engine
    Consider purchasing a lower emissions, hybrid or electric vehicle. These vehicles are less damaging to the environment than those with diesel engines or with a high fuel consumption.
  5. Think about what you’re burning
    It’s not just vehicles that can be damaging to air quality, but things like burning garden waste and wood can also have a negative impact on air quality and public health. Burning garden waste is not only a nuisance to your neighbours but also releases pollutants into the atmosphere. While solid fuels such as wood, wood chips and pellets are renewable fuels with lower carbon dioxide emissions than gas, coal or electricity, they still emit pollutants like nitrogen oxide and particulates.



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