“Do not drop litter from vehicles” is the message Mid Ulster’s environment chair is hoping to get across to everyone living and working in the area.
The comment comes after the committee’s first ever meeting, but as well as encouraging people to think before throwing rubbish out the window, Cllr Christine McFlynn is urging residents and visitors to put litter in the bins provided - both at home and on the streets.
Do not drop litter from vehicles, take it home and dispose of it appropriately - Cllr McFlynn
And she is also urging locals to “make full use of the recycling sites and bins provided by the council”.
Just two weeks ago this paper revealed the £1.9m cost of taking care of just Cookstown’s rubbish over the course of 2014 in an article on council expenditure.
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“As the chair of the new Mid Ulster Council’s Environment Committee one of the areas of particular concern is the cost of waste control across the council area,” Cllr McFlynn said.
“There are huge costs involved in recycling, collecting general household waste and the added expense of gathering litter discarded along the roadside.
“A little environmental awareness when disposing of litter and waste goes a long way.
“I would urge everyone to make full use of the recycling sites and bins provided by the council. Do not drop litter from vehicles, take it home and dispose of it appropriately.”
“We can all do our bit to help reduce those costs and to improve the environment at the same time.”