MORE than 300 people and businesses across Wychavon have signed up to the district council’s Adopt a Street volunteer litter-picking scheme.
The project was launched in a bid to combat litter louts and comes just a month before The Great British September Clean which takes place between September 11 and 27.
The event, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, replaces the Great British Spring Clean which had to be binned due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Wychavon’s Adopt a Street scheme encourages residents, community groups, businesses, and other organisations to choose a section of street or public land and then pledge to litter pick it on a regular basis.
In return, people are given their own dedicated litter picking kit to use and receive regular updates on the scheme as well as Wychavon’s anti-litter campaign. There will also be opportunities to take part in community litter picks during the year.
The town has made a storming start to its crackdown on litter louts – we reported in July how the Droitwich Spa Litter Squad cleared between 30 and 40 bags of rubbish in the Central ward which had accumulated in foliage, paths and alleways and could not be reached by road sweepers.
And a fortnight before that, more than 20 bags were collected from around St Augustine’s Church in Dodderhill.
The Droitwich Litter Spa Litter Squad was started by Clive Sherman earlier this year and already has over 160 members.
Coun Emma Stokes, Executive Board member for Environment on Wychavon District Council, said: “We only launched the Adopt a Street scheme 16 months ago and the response from communities across Wychavon has been amazing.
“Together with our volunteer litter pickers we are helping to make our district a cleaner and tidier place to live.
“We’re still playing our part by spending about £1.5million on street cleaning as well as investing in our anti-litter campaign, which is focusing on taking targeted actions in certain areas, reviewing the provision of litter bins, behaviour change schemes and working with schools as well as enforcement action.”
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the risk of spreading the virus, Wychavon will not be loaning out litter picking kit to community groups as they have done in previous years. People are instead encouraged to sign up for the Adopt a Street scheme.
Delivery can take up to three weeks so people are encouraged to join as soon as possible if they want to make sure their kit will arrive in time for The Great British September Clean.
Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/adopt-a-street to sign up to the scheme.
Click here to be part of the Droitwich Spa Litter Squad.