With this year’s Great British Spring Clean just around the corner (28 May-13 June), the Council has praised residents for doing their bit to help keep the district litter-free – and is urging others to follow suit.
Chesterfield Litter Picking Group is just one of several groups helping to make a difference in the district.
Eight members of the group recently picked up over 200 bin bags of litter from Holmewood, near the Five Pits Trail, in just five days!
Tracey Clifford founded the group after being fed-up with seeing litter on our streets and in our parks. After getting in touch with NEDDC, we were able to loan her litter picking equipment to get the group up-and-running.
Tracey said: “Since lockdown, the rubbish has been absolutely horrendous – really bad. So there’s always plenty to pick up. But, it’s really satisfying collecting it.”
The council will work closely with the group to identify hotspot areas and see if we can offer any further assistance.
Litter is not only unsightly, but damages the environment and causes a danger to wildlife. It also costs thousands of pounds to clear away.
Over the last year, NEDDC’s Environmental Health Team has responded to over 200 reports of accumulations of waste and fly-tipping in the district.
The council has a zero tolerance approach to littering and will issue an £80 fixed penalty notice to anyone witnessed littering.
We are therefore urging people to think before they throw, join a community clean-up group if they can and report any litter or fly-tipping they see.
Cllr Charlotte Cupit, NEDDC’s Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “There are some amazing community-spirited groups and individuals who go out of their way to pick up other people’s rubbish and I can’t thank them enough for all they do.
“As a council, we also work hard to keep our district clean and tidy, but everyone needs to play a part by disposing of their waste carefully.
“We live in a beautiful part of the country, so let’s keep it that way.”
People can also report littering 24/7 via our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk or by calling 01246 231111.