Young people from Lowestoft have joined in a campaign to help reduce the misery, cost, bad smells, potential flooding and pollution caused by avoidable pipe blockages.
Community charity Groundwork Suffolk, which supports Anglian Water's 'Keep It Clear' programme, recently gave a talk to Waveney Youth Council on how to protect our rivers, wildlife and the environment by keeping the sewer system clear from blockages.
40,000 blockages occur in Anglian Water’s network each year and two-thirds are caused by build-ups of fat, oil, grease, waste food, sanitary items and wipes. These items are often not disposed of correctly and instead, are being flushed down toilets or put down sinks.
Collette Parker, Customer Engagement Manager for the Keep It Clear programme said:
“It’s great that following the talk the students felt motivated to support the campaign. They wanted posters to share with their peers, and thanks to their request, they now have informative posters to display in their schools with reminders of how to correctly dispose of items. Importantly, the key messages of the campaign will now reach students and their families, and raise awareness of the campaign further.”
Waveney District Councillor Alison Cackett said:
“It is great to see the students supporting this important campaign and helping to raise awareness amongst their friends, families and in the wider community of the importance of disposing of waste in the correct way."
Students from Benjamin Britten Music Academy, Ormiston Denes Academy, East Point Academy, Pakefield High School, Beccles Free School and Sir John Leman High School attended the Youth Council's meeting and received free ‘Keep it Clear’ packs to help keep pipes and drains clear from fats and unflushables. The packs included sink strainers, gunk pots, bin fresheners and educational leaflets for the school and home.
Waveney Youth Council is supported by the East Suffolk Communities Team, comprising officers from Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and Suffolk County Council.