Sign Of The Times : Newcastle City Council asks residents to pick up litter

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Picking up litter in the street is now the task of residents as the council says it can no longer afford to sweep up all of the city’s rubbish.

The call for people to pitch in and do their bit for the community came from Labour city councillor Hazel Stephenson as she claimed today’s generation were more likely to drop crisp packets, wrappers and cans.

The council said the people of Newcastle needed to prepare themselves for a much dirtier city as the authority attempts to shave £90m from its budget over the next three years.

Coun Stephenson, city council cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said:

The council does not drop litter. The council does not fly tip. People drop litter. People fly tip.

“People need to take responsibility for their area. The council cannot continue to do it all.”

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