Litter plan could save millions in taxpayer cash
Wakefield Council is hoping to start one of the most cost-savvy litter picks on the planet with plans to clean up our district and save the taxpayer £2.7 million.
Residents and businesses have been urged to start their own litter picks a part of the national Great British Spring Clean 2019.
Launching the campaign, Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “This is expensive litter.
“It costs council tax payers around £2.7 million to clean up after litterbugs every year.
“This is money that could be spent on more important services.
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“I want everyone to take personal responsibility and stop the drop. Don’t throw litter through the car window or drop it on the road – keep it with you until you find a bin.
“In fact, we can do even more. A pick me up is something that cheers you up and makes you feel better.
“If everyone does their bit and picks up one more thing, the Wakefield district will be a nicer place to live, work and visit.”
The campaign will run until Tuesday, April 23. Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/pickmeup to get involved.
One of the first clean-ups earlier this month in Fitzwilliam saw almost 200 bags of litter collected in a day.
It took 18 people and six vehicles to clear litter from Hemsworth Lane.