East Herts District Council (EHDC) alongside North Herts District Council have launched the campaign to support both existing volunteers who have already been litter picking in the district, as well as to appeal for new volunteers to adopt an area and make a real community effort to reduce litter.
Volunteers will be asked to let the council know the area they wish to adopt and will be provided with safety information and dedicated bags. Anyone who adopts an area will be able to have their litter picked waste collected alongside their normal scheduled waste and recycling collections.
For the first 100 residents signing up we will provide a ‘litter picker pack’ which is all that is needed to make regular litter-cleaning efforts in their streets. These packs have been kindly sponsored by Urbaser.
The launch coincides with the Great British Spring Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy - an annual litter picking campaign which calls on people to be litter heroes and be the change they wish to see, because what is good for our environment is good for our mental and physical health too.
This new ‘Adopt an Area’ scheme will complement existing street cleaning across the towns and villages in East Herts.
Councillor Graham McAndrew, EHDC’s Executive Member for Environment and Public Space, said: “We’ve recently seen an increase in the amount of people wanting to take a stand against littering, particularly in their local areas so we are pleased to be able to support them with this great initiative.
“You don’t need to be able to commit a huge amount of time to help, even a few minutes a week or during your daily dog walk for example can really make a difference, so please consider adopting your local area and pledging to keep it litter free.”
The scheme is open to individuals, schools, and community groups. Any litter picked will be collected by EHDC’s waste contractor.
Initial volunteers will receive litter-picking equipment and bags, hi-viz vest, gloves, and advice on health and safety. Numbers of kits are limited to first come first served but residents can still take part with their own equipment.
Community groups can be provided with sets of 10 packs at cost, for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively packs can be purchased direct from Keep Britain Tidy.
To sign up to Adopt an Area, visit our webpage.