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Shock poster out to shame litter snouts

10th August 2013 Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottingham Evening Post, Stapleford Community Group Tags: , , , 0 Comments

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A SHOCK poster designed to combat littering has received a mixed reaction.

Broxtowe Borough Council has begun distributing an image of a young man with the nose of a pig and some takeaway rubbish.
He is wearing a hoodie with the words “www.dirtypig. org”.

It is part of a Keep Britain Tidy campaign designed to make those who litter think about their actions.The posters have been placed in areas including Montrose Court, Stapleford.

But not everyone likes the approach and some think it is a waste of time.

Ellie Moseley, of Pasture Road, Stapleford, said: “I don’t think that this is very nice at all.”We pay our tax for people to clear up the litter, not to put posters out.”Others disagree and believe the striking image with the words: “What does dropping litter make you look like?” will make people think twice.

Hairdresser Rebecca Flanagan, 26, of Ilkeston, said: “I have seen these posters in other areas and I think that they are a good idea.”I hope it does stop the littering because when you see it blowing around in the wind and coming into our shop, it is not good.”

Broxtowe council staff have also been working hard to clean up litter across the borough.Councillor Richard Robinson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Following complaints of littering around Montrose Court, a number of these posters have been put up around the area.”The posters are part of a national campaign by Keep Britain Tidy aimed at encouraging local people to think about the negative connotations associated with dropping litter.”The council’s neighbourhood wardens have also been patrolling the area to help prevent littering.”Keep Britain Tidy campaign director Andy Walker said: “We are trying to make littering socially unacceptable.”In England, it costs local authorities £1 billion a year just to clean up litter.”We know that people do feel guilty when they litter and this campaign presses on that.”

On Saturday, September 14, Stapleford Community Group has organised a litter-pick across the town.

It will start at 9.30am at the Meeting Place, Nottingham Road.

For more information, call 07740344427.

Do you think the poster will work?E-mail us at opinion@nottinghampostgroup.co.uk.

Dan Russell
Nottingham Post

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