A new weapon in Sudbury’s fight against litter louts was unveiled today as part of a scheme designed to change attitudes in the town.
Sudbury Town Council has teamed up with The Landscape Group to launch the “Bin your Butt” campaign which calls for smokers to dispose of their cigarette ends responsibly.
The Landscape Group, which is responsible for clearing litter in the town, has donated a street vacuum, named Ciggy the Street Sucker, to the council, while posters have been placed in several shop windows warning that community wardens can issue £80 on-the-spot fines for dropping cigarettes.
Bradley Smith, community warden, said: “Youth organisation Catch 22 will use Ciggy one day a week and we will be running it in the bad areas each morning, with the intention of getting on top of the problem.
“Prevention is better than cure – we don’t want to give out fines but if we catch someone they haven’t got any excuse.”
Graham Masters, contract manager with The Landscape Group, said: “We are trying to encourage the public not to just throw their cigarettes on the floor, as we spend a good quantity of our time sweeping up after them.
“Most of the problem areas are outside pubs and clubs and we have just had a major clean up at the bus station.”
Mr Masters praised the Grover and Allen pub in North Street, which sweeps up cigarette butts from the front of the pub three times each day.
“One thing we have noticed from other areas is that if somewhere is a mess, people treat it as a mess,” he said. “If it is tidy, people don’t litter.”