COUNCIL workers were branded 'lazy' at a public meeting of traders in Glengormley last week.
North Belfast MLA Nelson McCausland called the meeting to discuss issues among the local business community.
A number of traders said they had become frustrated with council workers refusing to pick up litter from privately owned land outside their shops.
One trader said it struck him as pure laziness.
"They refuse to pick up litter that has blown onto the land outside my shop because it is privately owned and they say they are not allowed by their council bosses.
"It is pure laziness. Almost every morning there are empty fast food cartons strewn everywhere," he claimed.
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds, the most senior politician to attend the meeting, said: "That does sound like laziness to me. But this is something that can be resolved through meetings with the council."
Mayor, Paula Bradley added: "We are looking into the litter wardens issue at council.
"We are considering introducing a similar system to what they have in Belfast where wardens are responsible for their own areas.
"It is something that may not be far off and we would hope it solves the litter issue."