Litter picking proving to be a success. Could your Community take part?

Images depicting litter collected before and afterImages depicting litter collected before and after

Posted on: 22 June 2018

Residents of Palmerston Park who set up their own community group have hailed their litter picking scheme a success.

The residents formed the voluntary group through Facebook, Palmerston Park Residents, which has allowed them to make their community a cleaner place and after months of volunteering have seen a vast improvement in the amount of litter in their community.

Cllr Chris Daw, local resident and ward member for Cranmore said: “What has been achieved by our residents is fantastic, they clearly have a lot of pride for where they live and it’s wonderful to see. I hope their efforts can serve as an example for what other areas could achieve. Reducing litter not only helps to keep our communities clean; it also protects the environment and the wildlife within it.”

At their very first litter pick, a year ago, the group were unable to complete the litter pick on the estate due to there being so much litter and dog foul – with the children’s play parks being one of the worst affected areas. But now, at their most recent litter picking, they have seen tremendous results and were able to complete a litter pick across the whole estate with only four partially-full bags. The residents initially undertook the litter picks each month but after a reduction in the amount of litter they can now complete their task every seven weeks.

Cllr Ray Radford, Chairman of the Environment Policy Development Group said: “At Mid Devon we are very grateful for what Litter Picking Groups do for their communities, they are doing it because they take a real pride in keeping their patch tidy. With all the Litter Picking Groups, this all adds up to what they are doing in making Mid Devon a pleasant place to be. They do it voluntarily as well, thank you, we are eternally grateful for what you do.”

Mid Devon District Council will do all it can to support groups and individuals who undertake litter picks. If you contact us, we will provide you with litter picking equipment, collection sacks and also agree a suitable location to leave the collected litter for us to pick up.

For more information please visit our web pages; https://www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/environment/street-care/community-litter-picking/

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