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Call for volunteers to help clean up the district

The search is on for keen volunteers to create a litter hit squad to help clean up the district.

Malvern Hills District Council plans to introduce a special team to help tackle litter hotspot areas identified by local residents.  The idea builds on the success of the Clean for the Queen campaign earlier in the year, when council staff, councillors and residents took part in a mass litter pick to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday. Almost 200 bags of rubbish were collected over three days.

The new team - made up of residents, staff and councillors from Malvern Hills District Council - will go out four times a year to tackle specific areas in need of some attention, with the first outing planned for October.

The council will provide pickers, gloves, bags and collection. Equipment is also available to local community groups who would like to conduct their own litter pick. 

Cllr Bronwen Behan, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Malvern Hills District Council said: “Littering in the district has a real impact on the environment, so it is really important that we work with the community to get out and about and help clean up so that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy our beautiful surroundings”.

Rob Rich, Community Safety and Resilience Manager for Malvern Hills District Council said: “Overall the cleanliness of our streets and communities are of a high standard, but unfortunately there are still litter louts that continue to litter some areas of the district, which is unacceptable.

“It is important that we take positive action, and creating a special litter hit squad is a great way to pursue this. We will also continue our hard work and commitment in looking for those individuals who drop litter and issue fines when we can.”

To volunteer to be part of the litter squad email streetscene@malvernhills.gov.uk.

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/report-it to report an incident of littering, fly-tipping or dog fouling.