With Spring on its way, the Suffolk Waste Partnership is again keen to support local community efforts to clean up towns, villages and countryside by getting involved in a litter pick.
Several groups across Suffolk are already planning to give their neighbourhoods a sprucing up, and it's hoped that with more groups and individuals taking part in litter picks this year, a real difference can be made.
Last year 266 groups and events were registered, involving more than 3,000 volunteers from schools, businesses, youth clubs, churches and other community organisations.
Cllr Clive Arthey, Chairman of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said: “It is a great way to involve the community, get out and about and improve the habitats of local wildlife – as well as being really satisfying to see the difference it can make, it can be fun and a chance to meet other people too.
“Of course, it’s best if we prevent rubbish ending up in the wrong place to begin with, as we’d all prefer not to have to pick up other people’s litter at all.
“Keeping the county litter-free is good for our residents and wildlife, and a clean and tidy environment is more attractive for visitors to our beautiful county."
Many litter picks are expected to coincide with the national campaign "The Great British Spring Clean" which encourages communities to carry out litter picks during the weekend of 3rd to the 5th of March 2017, but all of the district and borough councils across Suffolk will support community efforts to carry out local litter picks throughout the year.
Groups organising a litter pick in Suffolk can call their local district or borough council with their group information and give details of the location of the planned pick and the equipment they require.
They can also make arrangements for the council to collect the gathered litter by calling their local district or borough council.
People can check for events in their local area by viewing the online calendar of litter picks in Suffolk atwww.greensuffolk.org/recycling/campaigns/suffolk-litter-picking
The website also hosts a gallery of photos submitted by community volunteers. If anyone would like to submit a photo of their event to be added to the gallery can be done so by firstname.lastname@example.org