Help keep Aylesbury's streets clear of litter

Help keep Aylesbury's streets clear of litter

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:42am 5th June 2019. (Updated at 7:20am 6th June 2019)

The Midcounties Co-operative is calling for people living across Buckinghamshire to take action against littering by joining community clean ups.

It's all part of an initiative for World Environment Day (5th June).

Armed with high vis jackets and litter picks, nearly 40 people have already committed to taking part in community clean-ups taking place in two locations including:

  • The Healthy Living Centre in Aylesbury between 1-3pm
  • The Disraeli School in High Wycombe between 9am-2pm.

1Change campaign

As well as the clean-ups, Midcounties is encouraging people to make one eco-friendly pledge that will make a long-lasting impact, for example giving up plastic bottles or plastic bags, as part of its 1Change campaign.

Launched earlier this year, the 1Change initiative highlights the small everyday changes shoppers can make including using a bag-for-life or reusable cups for hot drinks that together can have a huge impact in reducing consumption of single-use plastics.

The Society has coordinated 20 community clean-ups across Oxfordshire, the West Midlands, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and has received the endorsement of environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy for the project.

Mike Pickering, CSR Manager at The Midcounties Co-operative, said:

"At The Midcounties Co-operative, we believe that community-focused action can have a big impact. Our clean-up on 5th June aims to empower people to take more care of their communities and raise awareness about littering and plastic pollution.

"We want to inspire people to make a pledge to help tackle single use plastics, whether that be avoiding single-use plastic where possible or re-using waste materials to create something useful.

"We'd encourage anyone and everyone to get involved and work together to make a positive impact to our environment."

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Exec of Keep Britain Tidy, said:

"Following the monumental success of this year's Great British Spring Clean, it is inspiring to see community-focused businesses like The Midcounties Co-operative continue the clean-up effort beyond the campaign.

"Here at Keep Britain Tidy we would encourage all high street retailers to get out and clean-up all year round. We know that litter breeds litter so the cleaner we keep our streets, the cleaner they will stay."

You can sign up to take part in the clean ups here.

Pebble Brook School got involved today (5th June)

Head of the FED, Jackie Robson, told us:

"Pebble Brook School has been working closely with the Aylesbury Midcounties Co-op group for some time now and were proud to take part in the local litter pick today.

"There were Co-op staff members (one of whom is an ex-pupil), Pebble Brook staff members and Pebble Brook students involved - the Co-op provided the picks, hi-viz jackets, bags and gloves and the group made its way from the Healthy Living Centre on Walton Court across the Edinburgh playing field and back to the school where the rubbish was then removed to the recycling bins at the Fairford Leys store.

"Members of the public commented that they had heard about the event on Mix 96 and that it was good to see this happening.

"It may be that we take up the challenge of volunteering to litter pick on a weekly basis in the area - it appears a much needed activity!"

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