Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Summit bids to bin our £34m litter habit

The cost of cleaning litter off our streets rose from over £28 million in 2008 to £34m in 2009.

And next month council staff from across the province will join the PSNI and politicians to tackle the rising tide of rubbish blighting Northern Ireland.

TIDY Northern Ireland’s second annual Litter Summit, Tackling Environmental Crime, which will be held on November 11 at the Craigavon Civic Centre, will bring together people from all walks of life to look at how our behaviour towards littering can be changed.

The cost of street cleansing rose last year despite thousands of fixed-penalty notices being issued for littering and dog fouling. And TIDY Northern Ireland says the £100,000-a-day littering habit is being paid for by the ratepayer.

Dr Ian Humphreys, TIDY Northern Ireland CEO, said he is disgusted by people’s laziness.

“Not only does it cost us all through our rates, but it also harms our environment, reduces our quality of life and negatively impacts on inward investment and tourism, damaging our economy and reputation,” he said.

Further information, including a booking form, is available to download at www.tidynorthernireland.org.

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