North West Leicestershire litter pickers clean up district’s streets

Published: Thu 21 April, 2022

Bags of rubbish collected by residents in North West Leicestershire as part of NWDLC's Pick Your Own Street campaign.

Volunteers in North West Leicestershire have rallied together to combat litter in the district as part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) invited local residents to take part in its ‘Pick Your Own Street’ campaign in an effort to join in with Keep Britain Tidy’s national initiative.

More than 100 people took part to clean up their local areas, joining forces with neighbours, friends, and family to collect an impressive 73 bags of rubbish using equipment provided by the council.

Once they were finished litter picking, residents left the bags at collection points for the council’s waste team to dispose of at the depot off Linden Way in Coalville.

Comments from those taking part include:

  • “Many thanks for helping us achieve this, it’s been a great way to bring the street together! We had lots of nice comments from people passing by too. Hopefully we’ve inspired them.”
  • “Thank you for sending the pickers and vests. We had 20 people turn up today. Collected 16 bags and 2 tyres. Thanks again for organising all this.”
  • “We really enjoyed our litter pick with the children around Tudor Close and Pennine Way area.”

The campaign forms part of the council’s Zero Litter campaign which aims to tackle the district’s litter problems.

Volunteer litter pickers can register to sign up for free equipment all year round at www.nwleics.gov.uk/litterpick

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC said: “It was great to join in and see families and children coming together to make a difference to our district and make it a cleaner place to live and visit.

“We’re lucky to have the North West Leicestershire Litter Wombles who are passionate about keeping litter at bay all year round and campaigns like this help to encourage those who may not have given it a go before.

“We really appreciate everyone’s efforts and hope that this will help to stop those who contribute to the litter problem and make the district look untidy in the first place.”