Volunteers get behind community clean-up efforts

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Volunteers have cleared streets and parks of more than 220 bags of litter using equipment handed out by Daventry District Council (DDC).

A total of 375 litter picking kits were shared among 40 parish councils and community groups in the spring after they were bought by DDC using a High Street Community Clean-Up grant from the Government.

And feedback from those groups suggests the kits have been well-used so far, with 212 volunteers taking part in litter picking activities which resulted in the collection of 227 bags of litter.

Community litter picks were held in villages throughout the District, as well as in estates, parks and open spaces in Daventry town.

In Long Buckby the Parish Council held a two-day clean-up over a weekend which attracted around 50 volunteers – many of them children including members of the local Brownie Packs – who between them cleared their village of around 45 bags of rubbish as well as some larger fly tipped items.

Verdes Sandwich Shop in the village offered a free hot drink to all the volunteers, while children who took part were presented with certificates at a school assembly.

Rachel Dobbs, who co-ordinated the clean-up weekend, said: “We were given ten kits by the Council and borrowed about 20 more for the clean-up. We arranged a litter drop-off point and allowed people to collect and return kit as they pleased over the weekend. I created a Google map which people used to tell us which areas of the village they were happy to litter pick, so we knew we had most of the village covered ahead of the event.

“People of all ages joined in and it has been a massively positive experience for the village. We’re planning another big spring clean next March and will also continue to use the free kits as and when required. It’s a fantastic initiative.”

As well as the kits that have been handed out, DDC also has a number of sets available for loan. They include a litter picking stick, high-vis tabard, gloves, litter bags and hoops to assist with litter picking, as well as safety information and instructions for arranging collection of the rubbish by the Council’s environmental services partner Daventry Norse.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “We have been very pleased with the enthusiastic response to this initiative and I would like to thank all the volunteers who give up their spare time to take part in litter picking activities throughout the District.

“Hopefully these kits will provide benefits to communities across the District for many years to come.”

People can find out more about litter picking and how to borrow additional litter-picking equipment at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/litterpick