Volunteers sought to assist in Eastfield’s annual big clean-up

Litter picking in Eastfield

Residents, community groups and local businesses who want to rid their local environment of litter are being asked to roll up their sleeves as part of an annual tidy.

A big community clean-up, organised by Eastfield Pact in partnership with us, Beyond Housing and McCain Foods, will take place in Eastfield on Monday, 20 May, from 10am to 3pm.

After the success of previous years, the event – now in its fourth year - will once again be a chance for neighbours, friends and local businesses to join together to spruce up the area and show the pride they have in their community.

Executive member for stronger communities, Cllr Heather Phillips, said: “The big community clean-up in Eastfield is a great example of the change we can all make to our environment by working together.

“If we all contribute what we can, we all reap the rewards of those combined efforts. So, if you do have a few hours to spare, do join in to keep the streets and green spaces of Eastfield litter free.”

The authority’s member for Eastfield, Cllr Tony Randerson, added: “We have had a fantastic response from the people of Eastfield in the last few years who take great pride in where they live.

“I would like to encourage all parts of the community to come together in this Big Clean to make a real difference to Eastfield once again.”

Volunteers who can spare time to help are invited to meet at the Legacy Community Centre on Link Walk from 10am onwards. Everyone is welcome, no matter how much time they can spare. For those taking part all the way through the event from 10am to 3pm, a free lunch will be provided courtesy of local café and wellbeing hub The Community Shop.

Equipment for litter picking and cleaning up the streets and green spaces will be provided. Volunteer efforts will be boosted by our cleansing team with road sweeping vehicles and a high-pressure cleaning machine.

Three large free skips will also be available for the community to deposit rubbish and abandoned items they may have seen near their homes.

Residents who have unwanted non-bulky household items or waste in communal areas can make use of their nearest skip.

The skips will be in three locations on Dunn Grove, Beech Walk and Goulding Close.

Asbestos, liquid chemicals, wet concrete, compressed gas bottles and commercial waste cannot be placed in the skips. Electrical and white goods can be placed by the side of the skips and will be collected separately. There will be people at the Link Walk Community Centre on the morning of the clean-up to answer queries about the use of the skips.

After the event, the skips will be taken to the household waste recycling site at Seamer Carr. The waste will be sorted, with as much as possible sent for recycling to minimise waste to landfill.

Light refreshments will be provided for those volunteering for the event. Further information is available by calling 01723 232445.