Campaign to involve Pill community in crack down on litter

PUBLISHED: 06:00 23 January 2017

Pill Precinct volunteers who have set up a litter-picking initiative in the village. Picture: Jeremy Long.

Pill Precinct volunteers who have set up a litter-picking initiative in the village. Picture: Jeremy Long.

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Community volunteers in Pill and Easton-in-Gordano are campaigning to keep the area clear of litter this year.

Sustainable Pill and District (SPAD), a group set up to improve sustainability and services in the parish, are arranging regular litter picks but also want residents to get involved in other ways.

Organisers want to involve schools in the scheme and have also urged people to sign up to a five-a-day plan – encouraging residents to pick up five pieces of litter each day.

Andy Jopp, chairman of the parish council, said: “We don’t think the village is any worse than others and better than many because there are already a lot of people who do pick up litter.

“We hope this campaign will encourage even more people to join in, either by committing to keep a little bit of the village litter-free or by taking the five-a-day pledge to pick up at least five pieces of litter each day.

“We are also hoping to work with local schools to help young people understand how much damage litter does and engage them in tackling the problem.”

Donald Davies, North Somerset councillor for Pill ward, added: “Like most people we hate the look of litter but we’re even more concerned about the harm that discarded bottles, cans, food wrappings and plastic is doing to both our local and the world’s environment, especially when it gets into the seas.”

Any volunteers taking part will be provided with plastic gloves and litter-pickers.

For more information on SPAD, email prufoster@yahoo.co.uk or visit the resource centre in Baltic Place.

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