Council creates rubbish mountain with a day's litter

An 11 tonne mountain of rubbish was created in the middle of Sutton High Street today as part of an anti-litter campaign to change bad habits and save council tax payers money.

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We can't keep paying massive litter bill

Wepay £1billion in England each year to clean our streets – and this is a bill wecan’t keep paying.

Itis time everyone realised the scale of the task facing local authorities likeSutton in keeping the places we call home clean and tidy and initiatives likethis are vital if we are to educate people about the impact of their behaviour.

Thequestion we all need to ask ourselves is “When it comes to litter, which sideof the fence are you on?

– Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy

Litter costs council £4 million a year

Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey with the litter mountain in Sutton High Street Credit: Sutton Council

The pile, over 10ft tall and just as wide in clear plastic bags,demonstrates how much street litter is collected each day at a cost of £4m ayear.

The council says that cost is the equivalent of running a library service for a year; repairing 100,000 potholes; providing 210 residential care places for the elderly; or building half a primary school.

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