A furious resident has dumped a pile of rubbish at a city council’s headquarters in protest over the amount of litter in his neighbourhood.
David Render, who regularly spends his own time to clean streets, says the litter problem in Washington “is getting worse by the day”.
Taking matters into his own hands, he said he carefully selected waste that was non-toxic and would not cause damage.
David, from Washington, Sunderland, said: “This was simply a protest over the state Washington is now in.”
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He claimed the litter in the area was becoming a “public health issue”, with food and dog mess in bags left on the ground when bins went unemptied.
“Sunderland council claim if an overflowing bin is reported it is emptied within five working days, but in Washington it can take them as long as 14 days, and within two days can be overflowing again.
“The litter delivered to Sunderland (council) was their property as it fell out of their bins. Hopefully they will empty the bins now, and we can get our town tidy again.
“I have tried for months to get them to do their duty and keep the place tidy and they ignored me.”
Mr Render has also set up a Facebook group – Washington in Decline – to highlight litter problems in the town.
A Sunderland City Council spokesperson said: “The council was aware that this incident may happen.
“Although we have the ability to take this matter further, it’s not something the council is proposing to do.
“We always try to engage with all residents wherever possible rather than taking any punitive action.
“Therefore the council is writing to this man in the hope of having a productive dialogue as an alternative to any formal action – as that is not in anyone’s interest.
The spokesperson said Government austerity measures meant it no longer had enough funds to carry out frontline services as it once did.