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Next generation joins the fight against littering

Grace and Archie heading out for a litter pick – Photo: Sudbury Town Council Community Wardens

A family litter picking scheme run by Sudbury Town Council’s community wardens is set to ensure the town remains one of Suffolk’s cleanest.

The Volunteer Litter Picking Scheme, which is supported by Babergh District Council, was re-launched by the community wardens during lockdown in April. So far it has seen more than 50 local families sign up to borrow litter picking kit.

Young volunteers from across Sudbury have already collected more than 200 bags to be sent to Suffolk’s ‘energy from waste’ facility, ensuring Sudbury’s streets remain clean while also helping to power more than 30,000 homes.

Youngsters Grace, Archie, Dexter, Violet and many more have already been recognised on the wardens’ social media for their role in keeping Sudbury clean, tidy and safe, helping to reduce the risk from contaminated litter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bradley Smith, who heads up Sudbury Town Council’s community wardens, said: “It’s been fantastic to see such a good take up and enthusiasm from Sudbury’s younger residents, supported by their parents, and we want even more families and children to get involved.

“No matter where we live, we can all appreciate a clean street, park or open space. Taking part isn’t just about litter picking, if you’re taking your litter home with you when the bins are full you’re already making a big difference in keeping our community clean!”

Dexter and sister Violet litter picking – Photo: Sudbury Town Council Community Wardens

Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “It’s great to see our youngest residents and the next generation taking a stand against littering in our districts – they are doing a wonderful job, while also being able to enjoy the health benefits of walking out on their picks.

“I cannot stress enough, how each and every one of us must play their part in tackling these sorts of issues if the Suffolk-wide ambitions of being the greenest county and becoming carbon neutral by 2030 are to be achieved.

“Making sure our district remains a place we’re proud to call home, but also a destination for tourists to visit is so important – and the families taking part are doing a wonderful thing for their community.”

Anyone in Sudbury looking to get involved can contact the community wardens on Twitter at @communitywarden Facebook at @communitywardens, or by emailing communitywarden@sudburytowncouncil.co.uk.

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