Lincolnshire County Council has launched a scheme across their district to encourage constituents to engage in litter picking, helping to keep their area and environment clean.
They have made over 500 free kits available to borrow from libraries and a number of community hubs, containing high vis jackets, litter grabbers, bags, advice and risk assessments.
Councillor Richard Davies told Rutland & Stamford Mercury:
Our communities do amazing things and we want to do all we can to support them. To make sure they have the tools and equipment they need, we’ve organised to have litter picking kits available at our libraries and a number of community hubs across the county. We know how important it is for our communities to be clean spaces, and we hope this will go some way to help. Coupled with this new scheme, we’ve removed the booking system at our Household Waste Recycling Centres from 1 September, making it easier to dispose of garden waste, general waste and recycling. We’re also working with the Police and Crime Commissioner and district councils to crack down on littering and fly-tipping.
It is hoped that the scheme can act as a template for other districts across the UK as litter levels rise. A survey conducted by CPRE shows that over a third of adults in England (38%) have seen more litter near to where they live since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Litter not only looks unsightly, but can also present a real harm to wildlife and disrupt natural cycles due to decomposition of different compounds contained in items, such as microplastics.
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