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NNDC works with communities to carry out more than 100 litter-picks in one year

Written by  Pascale Palmer
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Sheringham Community Primary School’s Eco Group with NNDC Environmental Services Officer Richard Crabb (left) Sheringham Community Primary School’s Eco Group with NNDC Environmental Services Officer Richard Crabb (left)

In the past year NNDC’s Environmental Services Team has supported 107 community litter collection events, helping keep our beaches, towns and villages clear of rubbish.

The Council support came in the form of rubbish bags, bin bag hoops and litter pickers loaned to local groups, as well as picking up the litter that is collected for free.

In 2016 NNDC worked with schools and local groups from across the district to help them look after the environment, and helped North Norfolk join in the Great British Spring Clean and Clean for the Queen campaigns.

Cllr Annie Claussen-Reynolds Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “We know a lot of our residents are passionate about keeping North Norfolk a beautiful place and it’s only right that we are able to offer them appropriate assistance in ways such as this. 

“Litter can be such a blight on our landscape and in our seas, and a dangerous threat to wildlife. Helping hundreds of people keep our beaches and villages free of litter is something North Norfolk District Council is very pleased to be able to support.” 

In 2016 NNDC helped Sheringham Community Primary School’s Eco Group by supplying them with 10 litter-pickers and 10 bin bag hoops.

Head teacher Sue Brady said: “The work the Council is doing on encouraging litter picking and educating people in why it’s so important is great. Our Eco Group has gone from strength to strength and the equipment donated by NNDC has helped us no end.”  

The Council has also supplied litter picking equipment for the two-minute litter pick station at Mundesley.  Beach visitors can collect a litter picker and bag on their way onto the beach and pick up any litter they may come across.  The bag of litter can then be placed in one of the litter bins and the picker returned for the next user. 

NNDC’s Environmental Team has recently started working with a Youth Offending programme and the Probation Service to coordinate community litter picking and general amenity work across our communities.

The Community Payback programme is a scheme which punishes offenders for their crimes and allows them to make amends in their local communities by carrying out unpaid work on local projects such as tidying public spaces and removing litter.  In North Norfolk, offenders will be litter-picking some of the more remote beaches not routinely covered by the Council’s cleaning teams, to ensure the whole North Norfolk coastline is as free from litter as it can be. 

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