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Join summer litter pick for Love Parks Week

Join in the summer litter pick during Love Parks Week

7 July 2017

As part of Love Parks Week (14 to 23 July 2017), North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging people to make their community one to be proud of by taking part in the summer clean up weekend on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July.

Is your town or village having a fair, gala or competition this summer? The summer clean-up is the perfect opportunity to make sure you are ready.

Rally your local community together to take part in a litter pick and make a difference.

We are calling on local people, community groups, charities, sports clubs, businesses and town and parish councils in North Lincolnshire to come together and help clean up the area.

The council has arranged three litter picks this year, including the summer clean up, following the success of the Great British Spring Clean in March.

As well as the summer clean up, the council is supporting Love Parks Week with a range of activities. This year’s Love Parks Week is an opportunity to demonstrate just how much our country loves parks. So let’s get the whole community together telling us why, to help is protect them for future generations.

On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July guided walks have been arranged in Central Park. If you would like to take part meet at the fountain at 10am.

Why not run or jog round Central Park and take part in the Scunthorpe Parkrun on Saturday 15 or Saturday 22 July. To register go to the Parkrun website

If you would like to take part in the summer clean up by getting a group of people together or on your own, please get in touch with us 01724 297775 or email neighbourhoodservices@northlincs.gov.uk.

We can support those taking part in litter picks by:

  • Providing equipment on loan, including high viz jackets, gloves and litter pickers

  • Providing large black bags

  • Coordinating the collection of all the filled bags and arranging for their disposal

  • Issuing health and safety guidance notes

  • Providing a risk assessment template

  • Advice around carrying out the litter pick, for example the need for insurance

You can also request support from the council by completing the new online form.

The other litter picks are taking place are:

  • Tour of Britain Clean Up on 2 and 3 September – make sure your town or village is ready for the world to see your community

  • Christmas Clean Up in December – before all the hustle and bustle of Christmas begins help tidy up your community

Did you know that if every adult picked up just one piece of litter and put it in a bin, that would be more than 50 million pieces of rubbish disposed of? Be one of those adults or children and take a stand against litter.  

If you are unable to take part in the summer clean up, you can set up your own litter pick. All you need to do is complete the online form and will arrange to support you with this.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Places, said:

“I would encourage all communities to get involved in the summer clean up weekend. Our communities should be places that we feel proud of and just by picking up a few pieces of litter it can make a big difference.

“Whether you have taken part in litter picks before or not, everyone is welcome to arrange a litter pick in their community and join in the summer clean up.

“We are supporting Love Parks Week through a range of events as parks are at the heart of our communities. We have some brilliant parks across North Lincolnshire, including Central Park in Scunthorpe. Central Park will play a major role when the Tour of Britain comes to North Lincolnshire in September as this is where the race will end.

“We are looking to build on the fantastic work done over the past two years with the national ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ initiative by supporting community groups throughout the year with litter picking schemes.

“In addition to our litter picks, we are encouraging community groups to arrange their own litter picks. The new online form makes it easy for people to do this and means we can offer support to enable them to keep their community tidy. Whether you wish to clean up the local area in preparation for an event or to do regular tidy ups, it will all make a difference.

“If you would like to take part in the summer clean up, get in touch with our neighbourhood services team.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton, said:

“As a charity, Keep Britain Tidy cannot solve the problem of litter alone. Our partnerships with local authorities and their support for our campaigns such as the Great British Spring Clean are vital and we are delighted that North Lincolnshire supports our work to inspire people to eliminate litter and end waste for now and future generations.”

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First Published:07 July 2017