Southport’s litter heroes donned their Rubbish Friends jackets and sprang into action this weekend to make the resort sparkle for this year’s Flower Show.

Local Lib Dem councillors turned out to swell the ranks of the litterazzi as figures have revealed that the annual cost of keeping Britain’s streets clean and tidy is almost £1billion.

Councillor Pat Keith, who founded Rubbish Friends with her colleague Councillor Sue McGuire in 2012, said:

“We need to change our attitude to litter if we are serious about promoting Southport as a clean and healthy environment for tourists, the figure of almost £1 billion underlines the importance of the work our public spirited residents undertake – our success is down to them.”

“We all have a role to play – it’s not someone else’s problem.”

The latest clean-up mission by Rubbish Friends, in the area of the Kew roundabout, produced more than 20 bags of litter.

Southport Lib Dem chair Lynne Thompson said:

“Dropping litter should be recognised as the anti-social behaviour which it is.

“When people see rubbish on a street it sends a message that dropping litter is

somehow OK. We need people to understand the damage that littering causes to our area. It’s time that the government, local councils, fast food companies and

supermarket chains started to work together to find a solution to this growing


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