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Bexley woman vows to keep the borough clean

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 July 2018

Evelyn with her litter picker and SCP sign. Picture: Bexley Council

Evelyn with her litter picker and SCP sign. Picture: Bexley Council

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A woman from Bexley has become the latest resident to #DoitforBexley and help to make the borough a great place to live.

Evelyn with Waste Education Officer Maria Migdal looking at the information cards that all School Crossing Patrols will be issued with. Picture: Bexley CouncilEvelyn with Waste Education Officer Maria Migdal looking at the information cards that all School Crossing Patrols will be issued with. Picture: Bexley Council

The council launched the anti-plastic litter campaign in March, which aims to get residents of all ages to pledge to pick up at least one piece of plastic litter from the streets and open spaces each week.

So far, 700 residents have taken the pledge including school crossing patrol Evelyn Adams from Brooke Street, Northumberland Heath.

Evelyn has worked on Brook Street for nearly three years, helping children from Northumberland Heath Primary School cross the road safely.

She said: “I take great pride in my neighbourhood and want it to look nice.

“I’ve always handed out dog poo bags to owners who don’t have one to clear up their pet’s mess, and so taking the pledge to pick up and recycle one plastic item a week is just an extension of that.

“I simply pick up any plastic litter I see on my way to and from work each day. “The owner of the house near to my lollipop site has kindly agreed that I can put the plastic I collect on my way to work in her recycling bin so I don’t even have to carry it home.

“Since I’ve started doing it, people have already noticed and commented on how much cleaner the area looks.”

Evelyn is so committed to the anti-litter pledge she’s even provided smokers near the school gates with pocket ashtrays, so they do not drop cigarette butts on the floor.

Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for places, said: “Evelyn really brings to life the community spirit in our amazing borough.

“Not only does she do a great job in keeping children safe each day – but she goes the extra mile and contributes to keeping our borough green and clean in her own time.

“I would encourage more people – especially families - to follow her example.”

All of Bexley’s School Crossing Patrols will soon be issued with information cards about the litter picking pledge in the hope of encouraging more residents to sign up at www.localgreenpoints.com/doitforbexley.

Do you know someone like Evelyn? Share their story on social media using #DoitforBexley.

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