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Community litter pickers help clean up Bexley

PUBLISHED: 13:20 30 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:20 30 September 2014

Litter picking

Litter picking

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Pilot scheme to be rolled out further

Six community spirited residents from Blackfen and Lamorbey have been working closely with the council to help keep the borough looking clean and tidy by piloting a scheme during the summer called ‘community litter pickers’.

The volunteers have all been provided with safety advice from the council, together with gloves, bags, hi-vis vests and a litter picker. They carry out litter picking around the areas they live in the borough in their own spare time - which is helping to keep the borough a clean and pleasant place to live and work.

The council cannot be everywhere at once, so having residents who are willing to enhance the services we already provide is really beneficial for us all.

Colin Larkin, of Longmeadow Road says: “I have always picked up litter as I pass it on the street - I just hate seeing our area looking untidy. I walk regularly, so it really is no trouble sparing half an hour picking up the odd fizzy drink can or chip wrapper while I do it, plus there is something really rewarding about seeing the area all nice and clear.

“It’s just such a shame that some people think it’s okay to litter in the first place.”

The scheme is being rolled out borough-wide over the next few months and currently the Council is seeking volunteers from the Sidcup, Longlands, Blendon and Penhill, Cray Meadows, St Mary’s and Crayford wards.

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