Call for Camden residents to become ‘litter pickers’ in face of council cuts
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Camden Council hopes to cut spending on street cleaning by getting residents to volunteer as litter pickers.
The council is planning to save £3million from its waste collection and recycling budget over the next three years by negotiating a new waste management contract in 2017 when the current contract with Veolia expires.
There are also plans to cut a further £2m from street cleaning and waste management should it be required.
Cllr Sally Gimson, cabinet member for sustainability and environment, told the cabinet earlier this month: “It will be essential that cuts of 15 to 20 per cent do not mean that residents see a service which is 15 to 20 per cent worse.
“It will be for us an opportunity to re-design the whole service. We will be looking at making these savings in part by maximising food recycling and dry recycling.
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“We will also need more help from local people keeping our streets clean. I already know local residents who go around with litter pickers.”
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