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Linda McGrory

Published 29/07/2010 | 05:00

A PENSIONER is saving a cash-strapped council thousands of euro by picking up litter on the streets of his town.

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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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