Tilshead pupils spearhead anti-litter campaign

Pupils St Thomas à Becket Primary School

Published by the Spire FM News Team at 6:06am 28th September 2017 (Updated 11:41am 29th September 2017)

School children help launch a new drive to clean up the county.

Children from a school in Tilshead have helped to launch a campaign to clean up Wiltshire.

Pupils from St Thomas à Becket Primary School were drafted in by Wiltshire Council to pick up litter near the village on Salisbury Plain.

The campaign aims to reduce the current £2.5 million it costs the taxpayer to get rid of rubbish thrown by people in the county.

#CleanUpWilts is supported by a number of organisations including Spire FM, and will focus on:

  • Fly-tipping raising awareness of the penalties and consequences September 2017
  • Fast-food, on the go littering (and the provision of sponsored bags for life) roadshow and distribution of bags February 2018
  • Community litter picks and clean-up of local hot spots March 2018

Pupils St Thomas à Becket Primary School

Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways, transport and waste, said:

"It is very disappointing that people feel it is acceptable to discard litter in Wiltshire.

"We spend £2.5 million on clearing up our beautiful landscape and this is a totally avoidable cost. This is money that could be better spent on vital frontline services.

"I am so pleased that local businesses are supporting this campaign, which aims to raise awareness of this totally unacceptable behaviour and provide a practical solution with the bag for life for people to keep in their vehicle.

"If we all do our bit and take our litter home and not throw it out of vehicles, we will help to keep Wiltshire beautiful, protect the wildlife, and be in a position to allocate the current budget on other key services."

Pupils St Thomas à Becket Primary School

Steve Utley, managing director of Landmarc, said:

"As part of our role to support the MOD Defence training estate, we manage huge areas of some of the country's most beautiful landscapes, which includes Salisbury Plain.

"The Plain is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it is our duty to protect and preserve it for generations to come, but over recent years, we have been facing a significant challenge with fly-tipping. This is not only an eye-sore and environmentally-damaging, but is costing the tax payer money over £29,000 last year alone.

"That's why we're delighted to get involved with the #CleanUpWilts campaign, helping to raise awareness of this important issue and work in partnership with our local communities to help maintain and enhance our natural habitats for everyone to enjoy."

Wiltshire Council is urging local businesses to get involved through sponsorship opportunities to support the provision of the bags for life, and the equipment to assist communities with their clean ups.

To find out more about #CleanUpWilts, please see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/cleanupwilts

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