Adopt-a-Street community litter picking scheme to launch in Horsham

South Downs
South Downs

A district-wide litter picking scheme will be officially launched in Horsham town centre next week.

Horsham District Council’s Adopt-a-Street initiative encourages residents to take extra care of their street or an area they particularly value by volunteering to pick up the litter left by others.

Current volunteers will be attending the event in unit 67 in Swan Walk Shopping Centre next to WH Smith on Monday March 2 from 10am-4pm, and will hope to spread the word about the work they are doing and encourage more people to sign up.

Andrew Baldwin, HDC’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.”

The council provides health and safety training, advice to co-ordinate volunteers and equipment in the form of litter pickers, plastic bags, protective gloves and branded hi-viz jackets.

To get involved phone HDC’s Adopt-a-Street co-ordinator Karen Grisley on 01403 739387 or 07090 442376.

Many parishes in the district are also holding neighbourhood clean-up events throughout March and April. To view the list of events see HDC’s website.