School councillors take part in #CommunityLitterPick

Date: 
Friday, December 14, 2018

School councillors from Westerings Primary Academy took part in a #CommunityLitterPick to keep their local streets clean and tidy.

The team of eight pupils worked hard to clear rubbish from the roads and woodland surrounding their school in Sunny Road, Hockley, and were keen to tell others the importance of caring for our local environment.

Vice Principal Mr A Stainsbury said: “At Westerings Primary Academy, our aim is to promote the 3Rs when teaching children about waste disposal – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It is our aim that by the time they leave primary school, they are actively contributing to a society that cares for the environment, and not contributing to the problems we all face. In the last two years, we have increased the amount of recycling considerably, meaning we have been able to reduce the number of refuse bin collections by around 30%.

“A selection of our school councillors took part in a litter-pick in the surrounding streets, so that they could highlight the growing problem of littering to their peers and their families. By supporting a local councillor in this activity, they were able to remove six bags of litter from our neighbouring streets! We are incredibly proud of our children’s love and care for the environment, and we are confident that this enthusiasm will stay with them for life.”

Rochford District Council provided the specialist equipment for the community litter pick, which is also available for other residents, schools, and community groups to use.

The Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Arthur Williams, said: “I would like to thank the school councillors at Westerings Primary Academy for the energy, enthusiasm and conscientious attitude they have demonstrated while taking part in this community litter pick.

“I would also like to thank Cllr Julie Gooding, who has organised this series of litter picks, including events at Magnolia Nature Reserve and outside the parade of shops in Hawkwell, working with some really community-minded local residents to keep these areas clean and tidy.

“If your community or school would like to organise a similar event we are happy to provide equipment and advice, please just contact the Council.”

If you take part in a similar event please use the hashtag #CommunityLitterPick, tag us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts (RochfordDC), and we’ll share your efforts. You can contact the Council at recycling@rochford.gov.uk to arrange to borrow equipment.