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Don't be a Tosser anti litter campaign is back for 2010
Mark Murphy and the Breakfast Show team at Suffolk Constabulary
Mark and the Breakfast Show team are joining up with Suffolk Constabulary

BBC Suffolk's award winning Don't be a Tosser anti litter campaign has returned for a third year - and will now be tackling more than rubbish.

In 2010 the campaign will be supported by Suffolk Constabulary in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

"We're pledging a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour," said Chief Constable Simon Ash.

"We are delighted to be supporting BBC Suffolk's campaign - it's a fantastic call to action."

BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast presenter Mark Murphy first launched the Don't be a Tosser initiative in January 2008.

Mark was so appalled by the amount of rubbish on Suffolk's roadsides he decided something needed to be done about it.

"I am bowled over by the amount of people who care as passionately as me about keeping Suffolk clean," he said.

"It is all about spreading the message not to throw rubbish down in the first place."

David Barker on a litter pick
David Barker has always supported the campaign

This year, along with litter, it is hoped that the backing of the police and councils across Suffolk will help tackle fly tipping and graffiti in the county.

"Through our safer neighbourhood teams, we work closely with our local communities who have told us that the tackling of anti-social behaviour, such as littering, fly tipping and graffiti should be a top priority for the police," said Chief Constable Simon Ash.

As in previous years the campaign will be supported by the Creating the Greenest County team who've been able to strengthen their own work through partnership with BBC Suffolk.

"With the help of BBC Suffolk, the spring clean campaign was transformed into a much more effective Don't be a Tosser campaign, involving many more communities," said David Barker, chairman of the Greenest County Board.

Beer mats and car stickers

Elsewhere, Adnams will be providing 20,000 beer mats with the new Don't be a Tosser 2010 logo.

The Southwold brewer will be distributing 10,000 of them to their own outlets and BBC Suffolk will also have 10,000 to distribute.

Don't be a Tosser, Keep Suffolk Clean beermat
Rest your drink on a Don't be a Tosser 2010 beermat

The Suffolk County Council household waste recycling team is providing 20,000 new Don't be a Tosser 2010 car stickers. They will also act as a distribution network for the campaign.

Anyone who would like a sticker or poster for their car or shop window can pick one up from one of the 18 household waste recycling centres across Suffolk.

Suffolk Constabulary's 30 safer neighbourhood teams, who work with partners countywide to tackle concerns raised by local communities, will also have a supply of posters and window stickers.

They'll be encouraging fast food outlets and businesses in Suffolk to display them prominently in the area.

The 10 most common litter items are:
1. cigarette ends and packets
2. sweet wrappers
3. soft drink cans
4. snack food packaging
5. Alcoholic drinks cans
6. paper tissues
7. discarded food
8. vehicle parts
9. till receipts
10. plastic bags

The re-launched campaign will also see a selection of brand new anti-litter posters specifically for schools.

These are being sent to all schools in Suffolk. It is hoped that not only will they be displayed in classrooms but that schools will also organise litter clear picks.

In order to show appreciation for everyone's hard work, anyone who gets involved with this year's campaign will receive a litter angel certificate from BBC Suffolk.

If you want to organise a clear up near you it is important you contact your local council who can help with high visibility jackets, bags, pick sticks and the all important disposal of your collected waste.

Here are the details:

Babergh District Council openspace@babergh.gov.uk or call 01473 826654

Forest Heath District Council: contact Lee Williams via email lee.williams@forest-heath.gov.uk or call 01638 719405.

Ipswich Borough Council: contact Glynis Wood via email glynis.wood@ipswich.gov.uk or call 01473 432994.

Mid Suffolk District Council: contact Sarah Carter via email sarah.carter@midsuffolk.gov.uk or call 01449 724946.

St.Edmundsbury Borough Council: contact Andrew Harvey via email Andrew.Harvey@stedsbc.gov.uk or call 01284 757687.

Suffolk Coastal District Council: contact Daniel Wareing via e-mail Daniel.wareing@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk or call 01394 444000.

Waveney District Council: contact Mike Daniels via e-mail mike.daniels@ncsgrp.co.uk or call 01502 527158.

For regular updates on this year's Don't be a Tosser campaign listen to the Mark Murphy Breakfast show weekday mornings on BBC Radio Suffolk from 6.30-9.30am. E-mail: mark.murphy@bbc.co.uk .

Moving Forward

As we continue in our campaign support is growing by the day:

  • NHS Suffolk is distributing the Don't be a Tosser 2010 posters to all all of Suffolk's GP surgeries, Dental practices and pharmacies.

  • The county commissioner for Scouts in Suffolk is pledging her support saying she'll be encouraging all her troops and packs to get involved.

  • The East and West federation of the Women's Institute in Suffolk are also really excited and will be helping to spread the word around their communities.

The campaign has also received important backing from celebrity farmer Jimmy Doherty. Read all about why Jimmy is backing the Don't be a Tosser message on the BBC Suffolk feature Don't be a Tosser at Jimmy's Farm .



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