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'Offensive' litter warning signs taken down

31st January 2011 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

There's a current trend among councils to spice up community campaigns with trendy slogans - but one authority may have taken an anti-littering scheme a bit too far.

Wiltshire Council put up four warning signs in the town as part of a crackdown on littering – but the signs, which read "Don't be a tosser", didn't go down well with residents.

The concern was only exacerbated when it was discovered one was put up near a war memorial.

Four official complaints were registered.

After councillors met to discuss the signage, they agreed they will now be taken down, the Wiltshire Times reports.

"I don't think that's the sort of language we should be using as a local authority and I don't think anybody uses them," councillor Peter Fuller was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

But town clerk Lance Allan reported that levels of litter dropped when the signs were up.

"The signs have served their purpose," he said.

Cigarette butts, followed by sweet wrappers and drink cans, are the most commonly dropped items, BBC data shows.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800373767-ADNFCR



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