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Litter-pickers in North East Lincs could bag themselves a voucher

Litter-pickers in North East Lincs could bag themselves a voucher

Litter-pickers in North East Lincs could bag themselves a voucher

Groups that take part in a litter campaign in North East Lincolnshire this month could bag themselves a shopping voucher for up to £50.

The council has once again pledged its support for this year’s Great British September Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which was postponed in early spring due to Covid-19, will now run September 11-27 encouraging the public to take part in small, socially-distanced clean-ups to remove litter from streets, parks and beaches.

If you’d like to arrange a litter pick, check the guidance under related content at www.nelincs.gov.uk/licensing/organising-an-event/ and complete a copy of the Voluntary Litter Pick Form. You can then email cleanandgreen@nelincs.gov.uk to arrange when the authority can pick up your bags of rubbish, or to borrow litter picking kit, or for general advice.

Any group that does at least two litter picks, and arranges them with the council, in September and October this year, will be eligible for a voucher. There will be a £20 voucher for a group of up to three people and £50 for up to six, thanks to a grant from central government to support community clean-ups.

To qualify for the vouchers, groups must monitor the types of rubbish they are picking up and send the council photographs and also inform them of the number of bin bags collected. The voucher must be used to support the group’s activities.

It is important any community groups or those litter picking read the coronavirus guidance, which can be found at www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean/coronavirus-guidance

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “Littering has become quite a problem in North East Lincolnshire in recent weeks, as it has across the rest of the country too. Again, we urge people to put their rubbish in a bin or take it home with them. There is no excuse.

“The Great British September Clean is a great way to bring the community together even more, to show just how much they love the place they live and is a way of looking after the local environment, wildlife and sea life.”

Volunteers in North East Lincolnshire will be asked to separate the litter they pick into two bags: one for plastic bottles and aluminium cans and a second for the rest of the rubbish.

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