Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Do Your Bit to Help Keep Our City Clean

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Do Your Bit to Help Keep Our City Clean

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COUNCIL bosses are urging people to be good citizens and help them save money and protect the environment.

Newcastle City Council is calling for everyone who lives or works in Newcastle, or even just passes through, to be considerate about things like littering, fly-tipping, dog-fouling, graffiti and chewing gum.

Every year the authority spends more than pounds 4m sweeping litter from streets and valuable time is taken up dealing with other environmental problems.

The total cost of clearing up the city's mess, not including emptying litter bins, is pounds 6.6m.

It needs to cut the amount it spends on clearing up after people because of the spending squeeze from the Government.

Bosses have embarked on various campaigns to encourage the public to improve their behaviour.

But they say persistent offenders who drop litter no matter how close they are to a bin are blighting the city for others.

And they are wasting taxpayers' money which could be spent on other things, including vital services which are a matter of life and death.

They say they believe that most of the good citizens of the city would be willing to make a small change to their behaviour in order to make a big difference to the city and the services which can be provided.

A council spokeswoman said: "Every year we spend more than pounds 4m sweeping our streets.

"Councils spend too much time clearing rubbish dumped in back lanes and replacing wheelie bins that people have lost or damaged.

"And we devote a lot of resources to dealing with dog fouling, fly-tipping and clearing up graffiti to picking up chewing gum and other mess left overnight by revellers and party goers."

Council bosses say they have to prioritise money for services such as caring for elderly people, protecting children, providing housing, public transport and education and regenerating the city. …

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