London,
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September
2008
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00:00
Europe/London

Residents told ‘just bin it’

Four i-pods are up for grabs in a borough wide competition this September.

Hackney Council is running the competition to remind residents how important it is to throw litter in the bin.

To win, simply dispose of your rubbish responsibly - bin it to win it. If you are spotted using a bin, your details will be entered into the prize draw for one of the i-Pods.

Last year the Council spent £9mill cleaning up Hackney’s streets and picked up over 10,000 tonnes of rubbish. This money would be better spent on other services.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:

“Our research shows it’s only a small minority of people who drop litter, but their behaviour affects all of us. We aim to keep Hackney’s streets among the cleanest in London and this competition is a way of rewarding people who do the right thing and put litter in the bin.

“Everyone has a part to play in keeping this borough clean. By working together we can help make Hackney a clean place to live, work and play.”

Key facts:
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• Dropping litter is anti-social, unhygienic and illegal. People caught littering face a £80 on the spot fine
• There are over a thousand litter bins in Hackney
• Every street in Hackney is swept at least twice a week
• Hackney’s team of 90 street sweepers clean about five km (three miles) each every day
• Cigarette butts and sweet wrappers are the most common type of litter