LITTERBUGS spoiling Sutton town centre are to be shown the error of their ways thanks to some new devices.
Environmental wardens have been on hand to re-educate shoppers about litter disposal. The project, which continues until Christmas, has seen special pocket-sized bins given out to smokers to help them collect, rather than discard, their cigarette ends.
The plan is that multiple butts can be disposed of in one go when there is a larger bin nearby.
The cleaning up of individual ends flicked on the floor costs Birmingham City Council millions of pounds a year.
In total, the authority can spend up to £17.5m on street cleaning each year, with cigarettes and chewing gum – which can take up to five years to totally biodegrade – being the biggest blights. To support the anti-litter message, special wrappers to collect spat-out gum have been given to chewers.
By Bob the Blog
We were also visited by a photographer from the County Press, as the Chairman of the CPRE (Council for the Protection of Rural England) presented our group with a certificate and a cheque for £100, for our work on their Anti-Litter …