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Community litter blitz helps keep district tidy

Voluntary groups across West Oxfordshire are planning a big spring clean with a series of litter picking days.

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging action against litter by loaning litter picking equipment (litter grabbers, gloves and hi-visibility bibs).

The Council is also supplying free refuse sacks and will collect any bagged up litter after the community clean up from agreed collection points.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Although there are many groups in West Oxfordshire already dedicated to keeping their local environment clean and carrying out regular litter picks, we are pleased there are even more joining in this year.

“Litter picking events benefit the environment and are a great way of bringing people together and working as a community.

“Compared to other districts, West Oxfordshire has low levels of litter and our standards are much higher than the national average. With the support of the community, our aim is to keep it that way.”

Communities borrowing litter picking equipment from the Council include Aston, Broadwell, Bruern, Clanfield, Fifield, Filkins, Kencot, Langford, North Leigh, Northmoor, Ramsden, Salford, Steeple Barton, Taynton and Westwell.

The Council has produced a litter information pack giving advice to community groups and covering topics such as litter and the law and safety advice.

For more information, to download the information pack or to find out how your community can get involved, visit: www.westoxon.gov.uk/litter or call 01993 861020.

If anyone would like to help with litter picking, please contact the Council and they will put you in touch with groups looking for more volunteers.

Posted : 16/03/2012 17:00:58

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