Meden Vale pupils take part in litter pick

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There are plans for a community litter pick in Meden Vale next year after pupils successfully collected rubbish from the area around their school.

Members of the School Council at Netherfield Infant School cleared litter in the Ossington Close area of the village including the local park.

The most common items of litter found by the eight children, aged four to six, were cigarette butts.

The litter pick was organised by the school in support of Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Where You Live campaign, which aims to inspire people to take action to reduce litter in the areas where they live and visit.

Nicola Harvey, Recycling and Technical Officer at Mansfield District Council, attended the litter pick to talk to the children about separating recyclable rubbish such as soft drinks tins and non-recyclable rubbish such as crisp packets. They also learnt about how to collect litter safely and were provided with protective equipment.

Mrs Yvonne Cantrell, who runs the School Council and Eco-Schools project, said the litter pick took place following a survey of litter outside the perimeter of the school grounds. She said great progress was made on Monday and the school hoped to hold a bigger litter pick in the spring involving the local community.

School Council member Finley Street (6) said he really enjoyed the litter pick: “It is great to be outside doing something good for the environment,” he said.

Coun Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We are committed to educating people about the damage littering causes and the impact it has on communities. By working with young children and showing them the importance of taking care of the environment, we hope to create environmental ambassadors for the future.”