Published: Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
Communities in Broadland will have better access to litter picking equipment closer to where they live thanks to a new Community Clear Up scheme.
Broadland District Council is launching the scheme this month as part of its support of Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean.
Aylsham Town Council and Thorpe St Andrew Town Council are the first parishes to become part of the new scheme. They have received litter picker sticks and hi-viz jackets from Broadland District Council, which are available for loan* to local groups wishing to volunteer. Previously all groups had to contact and travel to Broadland District Council for equipment.
Jane Parr, Administration Officer at Thorpe St Andrew Town Council, said: “Thorpe St. Andrew Town Council are pleased to be supporting the community clear up scheme along with Broadland District Council. We will have the Dussindale Community Litter Pickers picking in April, this is something they do on a regular basic which is fantastic for the area. We supply the equipment that we have on loan from BDC and look forward to making it available to other groups who want to join in with the Community clear up scheme.”
Natasha Carver, Administrator at Aylsham Town Council, added: “We are very busy with local parishes borrowing equipment for the Great British Spring Clean.”
Anyone wishing to organise a litter pick in the coming weeks (or at any time during the year) can borrow litter pickers and hi-vis vests from the district council and the other parish and town councils who are part of the scheme.
Volunteers are provided guidance about what to do with litter collected and how to report fly tipping, and are encouraged to show their good work by sharing photos of litter heroes in action via Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtag #BroadlandTidyUp to help spread the word about the work being done by volunteers in the district.
Broadland District Council's waste and street cleansing services contractor, Veolia Environmental Services, is supporting the new network and have provided over a hundred litter pickers to give out to other parish and town councils around the district as the network expands further during April.
More information or advice about planning your own tidy up event is on our website.
*Equipment is subject to availability.
Update 23/04/19: Old Catton Parish Council and Sprowston Town Council have joined the Broadland Community Clear up scheme - you can now borrow equipment via them as well.