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Grantham Journal team embarks on litter-picking spree




The Grantham Journal news team has spent this morning (Monday) collecting litter as part of The Great Grantham Spring Clean.

After asking for suggestions from our readers about places that needed a bit of a spruce up, we headed to Princess Drive in the Grantham Harrowby ward estate to do our own bit.

After being joined by councillor Ian Selby, of the Harrowby ward, we managed to fill five bags of litter and general waste from Princess Drive and the surrounding area.

The Grantham Journal team have been clearing litter from the town. (48177172)
The Grantham Journal team have been clearing litter from the town. (48177172)

Since launching our campaign in April to try and give people a renewed sense of pride in our town and villages, we have been overwhelmed with the amount of support it has received with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson even backing the campaign after Grantham MP Gareth Davies raised the issue of littering at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, back in April.

From local businesses, organisations to individuals of all ages getting stuck in clearing parks, grass verges, road sides, riverbanks and the town centre, it's been heartwarming to see everyone's hard work pay off.

But with just a week to go until the official start of Summer, there is no better time to get involved and here's how.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN THE GREAT GRANTHAM SPRING CLEAN

It’s really easy to get involved in the campaign to clean up the streets and parks in Grantham and the surrounding areas – and help is at hand.

  • South Kesteven District Council is supportive of communities holding their own litter-picks and will provide equipment such as litter-pickers, bags, bag holders and hi-vis vests. These must be booked in advance and availability depends on levels of demand. Items returned to the council will be set aside for 72 hours before being loaned out again. SKDC will also arrange to collect bags of litter-picked rubbish from a single, pre-arranged location. Contact its street scene team on 01476 406441 for details.
  • Take a picture of your litter-picking efforts and send it in to the Journal at comment@granthamjournal.co.uk Tell us where you cleared, who was in your group and an outline of what you found. Every waste warrior backing The Great Grantham Spring Clean will feature in the Journal. Schools that get involved will receive a certificate to thank pupils for taking part.

LITTER-PICKING GUIDELINES

  • Covid guidelines allow two households or up to six people to gather outside, and litter-picking activities must follow this rule.
  • Ensure you social distance, remaining at least two metres away from people not in your household or support bubble.
  • Use appropriate hygiene measures, and wear face masks when collecting equipment.
  • Never put yourself or others in danger – avoid busy roads and hazardous areas. Stay on public land such as streets and parks.
  • Avoid potentially hazardous objects such as unidentified canisters, oil drums and chemical containers, as well as sharp objects and clinical waste. If dangerous, poisonous or hazardous items are present, contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
  • Wear heavy-duty protective gloves at all times.
  • Do not lift heavy objects. If you come across fly-tipping, report to SKDC on 01476 406080.
  • Wear suitable clothing and ensure you have enough to drink. Don’t forget your suncream and sunhat if it is warm.
  • If you have Covid symptoms or have been near someone who has, please stay home and follow Government guidelines.


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