‘Take pride instead of dumping litter in Sheffield streets’

Litter in and around Wicker, Sheffield.
Litter in and around Wicker, Sheffield.
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Overflowing bins and dumped food containers blight a street where litter-bugs have been urged to ‘take pride’.

This scene of discarded rubbish was taken on the Wicker in Sheffield yesterday morning.

But business owners say it is a common problem – caused by people throwing their litter away after eating at food outlets on the busy street .

Waheed Nazir, owner of Kebabish takeaway, said: “It needs a concerted effort to tackle this – it’s about people taking pride.

“We need to say to people that it is their business, their area, their city.

“It is horrible, it is disgusting.

“Some of the businesses need to take a bit more responsibility too. They are leaving plastic bags outside next to the bins. We have a contract with Viridor so we’ve got two large bins and ample room.”

Mohammed Hussain, owner of Wicker News and Groceries, added: “When I come in the morning it is like a bomb has hit it.

“There are cans and containers everywhere.”

And Sharon Richmond, who runs the First Choice Hair and Beauty shop, said: “People sit in their cars, eat their food and drop the rubbish out of the window.

“I’ve seen rats down there, too.

“There are bins here but people aren’t using them.”

Teams from Sheffield Council contractor Amey clean the Wicker every day – including bank holidays,

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, added: “There is simply no excuse for littering or disposing commercial waste incorrectly.

““We take these crimes very seriously and have issued more than 800 fixed penalty notices for littering and other environmental crime in the last year.

“Our enforcement teams have visited nearly 400 businesses to check arrangements are in place for commercial waste disposal, including four visits to businesses on Wicker, where notices have been served.”

Call 0114 2734567 to report litter and fly-tipping.

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