To coincide with the start of spring, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils have once again launched their community litter pick scheme which rewards residents for cleaning up their communities.
The annual ‘Love East Suffolk’ scheme encourages east Suffolk residents to organise group litter picks in their local area; all groups participating before 31 May 2018 will receive £20 for their nominated community fund or charity, and will be entered into a £200 grand prize draw, with prizes provided by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Norse.
The launch of the scheme runs alongside the Great British Spring Clean (2 to 25 March) which aims to bring together people from across the country to clean up litter from their towns, villages, countryside and coastline.
In a joint statement, Cllr Carol Poulter, Cabinet Member for the Green Environment for Suffolk Coastal and Cllr Graham Catchpole, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Operational Partnerships said:
“Organising a litter pick in your town or village is a simple but effective way to dramatically improve your local area; it also makes a real difference to wildlife and the environment.
We are hugely grateful to anyone who voluntarily picks up litter, whether this is through an organised litter pick or a quick beach clean – this, combined with the work of street cleansing teams from Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Norse, really helps east Suffolk remain such a beautiful place in which to live, work and visit.”
Both Suffolk Coastal Norse and Waveney Norse can provide groups with litter-picking equipment including sacks and disposable gloves, as well as removing any collected litter. Litter pick sticks, bag hoops and tabards can also be hired, subject to availability.
To be eligible for the scheme, all registered groups must submit a photo of their event and permit use of the photo for publicity purposes. All cash awards would be payable to a recognised charity or community group chosen by that team of volunteers.
To register your litter pick, please visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/love-east-suffolk