Corby Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Management Team, alongside Culture & Leisure, Environmental Services and other partners came together last week (24th – 30th September) to make the borough safer, cleaner and greener during the ‘Big PIC Pride in Corby’ campaign.
Twelve local clean up events took place in total with all involved getting stuck into making areas of Corby by collecting a grand total of 133 bags of waste. The main even took place in the Town Centre area where a huge 2 tonnes of general waste was collected along with 1 tonne of recyclable waste.
In addition to the 12 local clean up events, the teams also visited 14 schools across the borough to deliver workshops aiming to raise awareness of the anti-social impact of litter.
Willow Place Town Centre Management Company also played their part by encouraging the public to dispose of their litter responsibly and raise awareness of the effects of ‘careful littering’ and local coffee outlets Bewiched & Costa coffee reminded customers with a sticker scheme to either take their coffee cup home with them or place in a bin when they’ve finished drinking.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said:
‘The Big Pic event was a great success and this is down to everyone involved, so a big thank you to each and every person that contributed, especially the volunteers. A clean town is a priority so we hope to continue organising events such as this one to help keep Corby looking clean and green and ensure our Borough is a place that people are proud to work, live and visit.’
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Bob Eyles:
‘This event is following on from the success of the Keep Britain Tidy initiative held back in March this year. We want to continue the good work in terms of reducing litter across the borough, and encourage local communities to take part, instilling a sense of pride for where they live. Living in clean /tidy streets, having access to clean local facilities and feeling safe all make an important contribution to community wellbeing.’
‘Careful littering’ is a national Keep Britain Tidy campaign. According to a YouGov survey, one in four of the public admit to being a careful litterer’ i.e., leaving their rubbish at public facilities such as rail station/bus station, or leaving food and drink packaging on a wall, rather than throwing onto the floor. The aim of the KBT campaign is to raise awareness of the impact of careful littering and highlight it still as an unacceptable form of littering.