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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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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