More volunteer litter pickers form part of World Cleanup Day

litter-picksVolunteers from a local business joined forces to litter pick as part of September’s World Cleanup Day, to show that they care about nature and their communities.

Tamworth Borough Council Street Scene team provided DHL LLP’s employees with litter picking equipment as part of the worldwide campaign and #GoCleanGoGreen initiative.

Employees are encouraged to volunteer and take part in the litter picking initiative from Monday, August 23 to Thursday, October 31, to help make a difference to their local communities and fulfil DHL Supply Chain’s mission to collect at least 5,000 bags of rubbish across the UK and Ireland.

Last week, a small team from DHL LLP were not put off by the wind and rain as they set foot in Tamworth volunteering their time to support the community and contribute to #GoCleanGoGreen.

In Tamworth, the borough council’s Street Scene teams collect litter and waste seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year, including bank holidays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

They are regularly supported by community-spirited groups and individuals who already volunteer their time to help keep the town clean throughout the year – but there is always more work to do.

Tamworth Borough Council is encouraging more individuals to join a local litter picking group to help keep local parks, streets and areas clean and lend a hand to declare that litter pollution is not acceptable.

Anyone who would like to litter pick in their area is asked to contact the Street Scene team on 01827 709709, who will advise on locations that need attention, provide litter pickers and bags, give health and safety advice and arrange for bagged waste to be collected.

Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “Thank you to our local DHL Supply Chain employees for helping our teams with local litter picks.

“It is incredibly hard to keep Tamworth as clean as possible, 365 days per year, it’s a big job so we are so grateful to the litter picking volunteers who help us make such a big difference to our streets.

“We hope that people will recognise the hard work that our team and volunteers do to clear our grass verges, roadsides, parks, streets and Local Nature Reserves. It is an ongoing task and in an ideal world people wouldn’t drop litter. If we all do our bit, we can help make a difference.

“We encourage everyone to think about the impact we are having on the environment and be inspired to grab a litter picker and a bag and give even more parks, residential areas and public spaces a good deep clean.”

On average, Tamworth Borough Council’s Street Scene team sweep around 80 tonnes of litter and detritus from the streets every month and manually pick up around 40 tonnes of litter and fly tipping waste.

The mechanically swept up waste is transferred to a reclamation site in Coleshill where oils and other recyclables are extracted. Of the handpicked waste, scrap metals, electrical items and hazardous waste are removed and the rest is sent to a ‘waste to energy’ processing plant where it is converted into electricity.

Tamworth Borough Council also has over 900 litter and dog waste bins. The borough wide cyclical bin emptying program is undertaken seven days per week with bins in high demand areas serviced more than once per day.

In addition, the council responds to service reports and aims to remove fly tipped waste within five days of receipt and has a 24-hour response time for high priority waste removal such as syringes, offensive graffiti, drug related litter and broken glass.

Any residents who would like to get involved are welcome to join local groups such as Tamworth Volunteer Litter Pickers Facebook group or The Tamworth Resident's Cool Pickers, and become a part of a community of local residents picking litter.

Alternatively, if you would like to be involved with local volunteer or conservation group litter picks, contact the Wild About Tamworth Project Officer: Mobile: 07970 067711 or email: tamworth@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

It is a criminal offence to drop litter. People can be fined £80 if spotted dropping litter, with a maximum penalty of £2,500.