Communities across the district are sprucing up where they live, work and play with a little help from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC).
As spring approaches, friends, neighbours, litter clean-up groups, local businesses and schools are getting together to help tidy up East Northants’ high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.
ENC are helping by providing groups with everything they need for a clean up, including litter pickers, gloves, and hi-vis vests. We also pick up and dispose of the rubbish collected and advise on what to do if any dangerous or harmful materials are found.
In 2014, we supported 22 groups with their community litter picks and collected over two tonnes of litter. This year, we have eight groups booked in already, from Warmington to Woodford, Hargrave to Harringworth.
An extra special clean up happened at Stanwick last weekend. The Stanwick Environment Group (STEP) teamed up with Stanwick Pocket Park Group (SPPARK) for their first joint effort and gave the village a thoroughly good tidy up.
Tim Page, member of STEP and SPPARK said: “We litter picked the entire parish of Stanwick, its roadsides (where safe to do so), footpaths, bridal ways and public open spaces.
“For the past several years, we’ve welcomed the help of the 2nd Raunds Scouts and we do the litter pick as close to Stanwick Road Race as we can. This, together with further litter picking of the other parts of the route (which is carried out by ENC), ensures the area looks its best for the 400 runners and visitors.
“Since day one, we’ve had the support of ENC who supply bin bags, gloves, hi-vis jackets and dispose of the waste. As well as the usual cans, crisp packets and bottles, we’ve found some more unique items including an intact Phipps beer bottle which had probably been in the ditch for 60 plus years! Each year we collect enough rubbish to fill a double garage.”
Leader of the Council, Steven North, added: “We value groups like STEP and SPPARK who give up their own free time to help make sure our public spaces are kept litter free. I’m really pleased to see so many communities signing up to borrow our litter picking equipment and the Waste Management team assures me there are still plenty of opportunities for future sign ups.”
To book equipment for your village/town spring clean, please call 01832 742026.