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‘Don’t be a tos53r’ – council launches new anti-litter campaign

News release issued:

A new campaign to crackdown on littering and remind residents about its impact on the environment has been launched by Wyre Forest District Council.

The bold ‘Don’t be a tos53r’ campaign starts in light of COP26 which highlighted everyone’s responsibility to look after the planet.

‘Don’t be a tos53r’ posters and banners, questioning why people are dropping their rubbish are being put up across the district in parks, car parks and open spaces.

On Thursday 11 November, the council’s Community and Environmental Protection Team ran the first of three roadshows during November at Pike Mills car park, Kidderminster.

They will be visiting Bridge Street car park in Stourport on Friday 19 and Bewdley’s Load Street car park on Saturday 20.

At the roadshow, members of the public can receive a range of re-useable items and will be asked to complete a short survey.

Councillor John Thomas, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “Since lockdown restrictions have eased, there has been an unwelcome rise in litter. Our teams are continuing to work hard to keep the district clear of litter. Littering is illegal, anti-social, has a negative impact on our environment, is harmful for our wildlife and costs thousands of pounds each year to clear.

"We need to get the message out there that being a 'tosser' is socially unacceptable. The strapline is not intended to cause offence, but is hard-hitting, draws attention to the issue and gets people talking.”

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