OAP saves council tidy sum
A PENSIONER is saving a cash-strapped council thousands of euro by picking up litter on the streets of his town.
Granddad John Putt has been collecting rubbish in Moville, Co Donegal, every day for nearly three years since moving to a retirement complex with his wife, Mary.
"Some people think I'm mad, but I get a lot of satisfaction from doing it and it keeps me fit," said the 72-year-old. "I like visitors seeing the town at its best and I see it as a good community service." A retired nurse manager, English-born Mr Putt gets up at dawn and does his litter beat for about two hours, seven days a week, without pay.
"When I first started, the Celtic Tiger was still around and money was flowing from the trees," he said." I would regularly pick up between €10 and €20 in coins and once I found €86. Yesterday, I found one cent!"
The seaside town has no full-time street-cleaning service although two council workers empty the bins twice a week. They also help kit Mr Putt out with everything he needs for the job.
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