The ‘Love East Suffolk’ litter pick scheme returns next week to encourage, enable and reward people to show some love for the environment we live in.
The ‘Love East Suffolk’ scheme gives community groups a winning way of cleaning up their neighbourhood while helping themselves by offering £20 to their nominated community fund or charity for litter picks carried out between 1 March and 31 May 2020.
All registered groups who carry out their litter pick during this period will also be entered into a £200 grand prize draw, with prizes provided by the Council’s partners, East Suffolk Norse.
The scheme ties in with the Great British Spring Clean taking place 20 March – 13 April 2020 which aims to bring together people across the country to clean up litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.
Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said:
“We had a fantastic response to the scheme last year and hope that we can do even better this year by encouraging more people to take part.
A bit of time and effort can make a big difference to an area, not only for the people who live there but the wildlife too – it is a great way of giving something back to your local community and I hope that other residents appreciate the efforts of those who voluntarily pick up litter, helping to keep East Suffolk such a beautiful place in which to live, work and visit.
It is a shame it is needed in the first place but unfortunately some people think it is acceptable to dump their rubbish anywhere they like. It would be much better if everyone took responsibility for their own rubbish and disposed of it correctly, using litter bins or taking it home, instead of other people having to pick it up for them.”
East Suffolk Norse can provide equipment, including sacks, to groups on request and will also arrange for gathered litter to be collected. Litter pick sticks, bag hoops and green vests can also be loaned out, subject to availability.