A local anti-pollution project has been praised for its efforts to remind people not to drop waste in drains.
Groundwork Suffolk and East Suffolk Council have been working together on a short “Yellow Fish” anti-pollution project on behalf of the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum to engage with residents, businesses and schools in Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Lowestoft. The campaign was designed to raise awareness of the importance of not allowing litter or waste to enter the surface water drainage system and how we can all do our bit to prevent our waste polluting our aquatic environments.
The project told a clear message of ‘Only Rain Down The Drain!’ and saw public drains in Felixstowe and Lowestoft marked with a temporary Yellow Fish symbol as a reminder that surface water drains, including road gullies, are only designed to carry rainwater, usually directly to natural watercourses unlike the foul water system that feeds into the sewage treatment works. Any waste entering the surface water drains can end up polluting our watercourses harming fish and other wildlife. It also inspired a joint community litter pick held by the Kirkley People’s Forum and Groundwork in Fen Park in Lowestoft on 21 March.
Phil Gore, Head of Environmental Services & Port Health for East Suffolk Council, said:
“I am really pleased at how well the campaign has been received by businesses and communities in the three towns and thank them for their support for this important message to take care whether at home, at work, or while out and about to prevent our activities from polluting our watercourses and endangering wildlife and make our environment greener and healthier for residents and visitors too.
It’s so easy to help – for example, if you use wet wipes or cotton buds or smoke cigarettes (which all usually contain plastics), whilst out and about always put them in a litter bin when you have finished with them or if there is no litter bin, take them home and put them in your non-recyclable rubbish bin.”
David Spark, Project and Development Manager at Groundwork East, added:
“Groundwork is proud to be working alongside East Suffolk Council and local community organisations on the Yellow Fish campaign. The joy of Yellow Fish is that it demonstrates how small individual actions can have a powerful collective impact. ‘Only Rain Down the Drain’ improves the quality of our aquatic environment from chemical and plastic pollutants and makes our streets look cleaner. An all-round winner!”
For more information about the scheme, go to www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/east/pages/yellow-fish
To find out how you can reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of a wide range of everyday household items and materials, visit: https://suffolkrecycling.org.uk/a-z-of-recycling
The project was delivered as part of the Greenprint Forum’s ongoing Plastic Action campaign which is part funded by the East Suffolk Partnership and the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Sustainable Development Fund.
The East Suffolk Greenprint Forum is a voluntary network open to all and facilitated by the district council, aspiring through community environmental action to improve our quality of life and living standards whilst reducing our impact on the environment.
To find out more, or to join the network, visit: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/east-suffolk-greenprint-forum/ or follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreenprintForum