Hilarious ‘Don’t Be A Tosser’ Signs Hope To Stop Littering In York

Classic insult. York Council has used a humourous double entendre to allude to the issue of littering in the city. Inspired by similar campaigns in New Zealand and the ‘Keep Tidy Britain’ campaign, the new humourous poster has appeared in a variety of tourist places – although very funny, aims to highlight a problem that has been occurring in many of Yorkshire’s most beautiful spots.

It’s become a recurring theme during lockdown – visitors flocking to Yorkshire’s beauty spots have started leaving their rubbish behind, leaving both locals and the council to literally pick up the pieces. These selfish individuals, in turn, ruin such places, making them dangerous to wildlife and a general mess to others looking to visit. The thought that “someone else will clean it up” or that “it’s secluded so no one will mind” is, for sure, a bit of a tosser move… As right pointed out now by York Council themselves.

The initiative by the City of York Council will hopefully have an impact on the issue, prompting people to do the right thing when they are visiting. Confirmed spaces where the posters appear include Tower Gardens, Clifton Ings, Millenium Bridge and Fields. The new campaign has come as hugely welcome by locals, with Friends of Rowntree Park in Leeds even applauding the efforts – stating in a tweet that they’d been collecting litter in the morning after visitors left it behind. Others have shared their thoughts on the campaign, too, and believe it would be a great way to highlight the issue in their own areas – with one person commented saying “Would be great to see something similar to this in #Powys“.

Commenting on the situation, Councillor Denise Craghill, executive member for safer communities and housing, stated “We wanted a high-impact campaign to grab people’s attention and, inspired by campaigns from New Zealand and Keep Britain Tidy, we’re getting it.”