For World Environment Day on 5th June Newground’s Environment Group organised litter picks as an opportunity for staff to get involved in making a difference to our local environment.
This year’s theme for World Environment Day is ‘beat plastic pollution’. A lot of the litter we picked up was plastic – plastic bottles, plastic packaging and other single use plastics so this theme certainly tied in with our litter picks.
At Bob Watts (Newground HQ) staff got involved in a litter pick that focused on the surrounding areas of the building, the car park and the canal tow path. In total 33 bags of litter was collected! Bin bags made of recycled material were used in order to limit the impact of using these materials. Items of interest that were found included a flat packed/very squashed dead rat, glass bowl and matching 6 glasses, an action man figure and a Christmas cracker!
Members of the Sustainable Communities Team in the West carried out a litter pick at Hodge House in Nelson. They filled 4 bin bags of litter from the field, car park and surrounding the building which mostly consisted of cans, cigarette packets plus a pregnancy test kit!
The ReUse Team carried out litter picks around the properties they were working in that day and the some of the Lockworks Team took time out their day to litter pick in the areas they were working.
Well done and thank you to everyone that took part!