Volunteers sign up to tackle litter

Volunteers are urged to sign up
Volunteers are urged to sign up

A DISTRICT wide litter picking scheme will be launched by Horsham District Council next week.

The Adopt-a-Street initiative will see the council team up with volunteers in each town and village to wage war on litter.

Many of those volunteers will be at the launch event in Swan Walk, Horsham, on Monday to spread the word about the work they are doing already and encourage more volunteers to sign up.

Councillor Mariella Alexander highlighted the launch at Steyning Parish Council’s last full meeting, held on February 9.

She said: “We hope this might keep the problem of litter down. It also feeds into keeping an eye on your neighbourhood, and into the community feeling.”

Residents will be encouraged to take extra care of their street or an area they particularly value by volunteering to pick up the litter left by others.

Andrew Baldwin, Horsham’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We know that as a district we are fortunate to have local communities who generally take pride in the appearance of their locality but for those who want to go the extra mile and take extra care of their area, this scheme is ideal.

“No one likes to see our district spoilt by the unsightly scene of litter and that’s why the council has launched this initiative encouraging local volunteers to ‘adopt a street’ and keep it litter free.

“It’s commendable that so many volunteers have come forward already to devote their time and energies to clear litter in this way and it sets a sound example to the rest of the community to care for our local environment, but it would be great to get more volunteers to step up to the challenge.”

Contact co-ordinator Karen Grisley on 01403 739387 or 07090 442 376.