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New Carlisle city centre bins in bid to stub out cigarette butt litter

New litter bins have been installed in Carlisle’s city centre as part of a campaign to stop the dropping of cigarette butts.

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Michael how easy but why no one seems to try.The cost will be very little as they should be talking every day.Come on give it a go and tidy up our city and estates. City Desk

Posted by Kenny Simpson on 1 January 2013 at 17:27

Amazing, how many meetings did it take for them to realsie that where there is a bin people will use it, maybe not all but most.I seriously cannot believe that something as simple as this is a news story.

Posted by Andy on 27 December 2012 at 23:41

Michael Owen (18 Dec) : how about the parent/s or grandparents doing it? Perhaps they should take some responsibility for their feral offspring.

Posted by Dave Evans on 25 December 2012 at 10:58

Could we ask ALL heads of ALL schools to ask ALL pupils to NOT drop their litter, and point out the financial cost to the taxpayers of Carlisle as well as the unpleasant environment it creates.The message needs to be delivered from an early age, the younger the better.

Posted by Michael Owen on 18 December 2012 at 12:54

I agree DavieS, only the other day I saw a staff member stood outside a certain store on English street in the town, smoking. He noticed a discarded Greggs packet in the doorway and instead of picking it up and putting it in the bin, he kicked it away from The store's entrance, then scopped his fag butt too.

I'm a non smoker but I tell you I'd prefer it if smoking was allowed in public places again because you have to walk through a cloud of smoke every time to enter/exit a shop or pub, thus getting a gob full anyway!! So what's the difference?!

Posted by Pams on 12 December 2012 at 07:51

Why not.... just take your litter home with you??

Even your cigarette butts - stub them out well and put them back in the cigarette box.

That's what most people used to do MANY years ago before all this "not my fault" attitude came into the British way of life.

Posted by Carlisle local on 11 December 2012 at 20:07

so many sad people out there. ok dog muck. but where you have people you will have litter. thats why we employ street cleaners or is she hoping to get rid of them to save more money. people mean litter live with it. and find something worthwhile to aid the city

Posted by ray on 10 December 2012 at 15:06

As a smoker i always use the bins to put my cigarettes out.But i think the council should concentrate on chewing gum,everywhere you walk the paths and roads are covered in and it must cost the council a fortune cleaning it all up.At least a cigarette end is easier to pick up and not glued to the pavements.People should be fined for this.Whenever my kids have gum or any kind of litter i have bought them up to throw in the bin or wrap it in something until they get to a nearby bin,it's commonsense as they wouldn't be allowed to throw it down in the house.As for Currock there is dog mess everywhere it makes me feel like picking it up and rubbing it in the owners faces or they shouldn't have dogs at all,it seems using a dog bag is too much for some people,they are just plain lazy

Posted by carole denney on 6 December 2012 at 14:04

Road drains for cigarette butts? Wonder what the Environment Agency has to say about that! Are butt ends not full of toxins potent to water courses and animals besides pets etc. Alongside litter is their anything else you would like in the sometimes full leafed roadside storm drains, nearby my terraced home they're already full of floating massed butt ends. Some drivers think nothing of using kerbs drains already as a convenient daytime bin repository. My house is not exactly on a flat dutch land but on a hilly city township with kerb gutters awash with rainwater n' litter from litter louts and refuse collection aftermaths. All for this obnoxious habit of smoking in public and using the outdoors as a convenient ashtray which it is not. If cigarette butts are not put out, as often seen flung out of moving vehicles they should have additional fines relating to harming environments due to potential fire risks.

The fines should be heavier for the motorist, pedestrian and irresponsible dog walker. Chewing gum is another nasty element little known for dog paws, shoes trek on carpets of homes and shops. This besides those that let their dogs do their business without pooping it is still very rife. A disgustingly stinking mess that as someone who loves the countryside is so frequently now brought back home or into my car. The CNDR bypass has'nt yet been opened a year and what was then a road/cycleway footpath through virgin clean countryside is now typical of the filth often seen littering roads, streets and parks. Notwithstanding the town centre where I reckon the score of enforced fines is laughable as it is elsewhere.

Posted by Royl on 5 December 2012 at 09:16

When you go to a foreign country,and get up early you find the shop owners/staff sweeping in front of their shops or washing the pavements,if everybody took a bit of responsibilty now and again the place may look a bit better,respectible people dont throw their throw rubbish on the ground and the people who do are not going to use bins,as far as fag ends go and see any pavement outside a pub and the ground will be covered ,fine the pubs if they dont sweep them up .

Posted by Davie S on 5 December 2012 at 07:55

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