Volunteers to tackle Essex town's litter problem

PUBLISHED: 15:07 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 07:21 30 May 2010

DUNMOW S continuing litter problem will be tackled at an organised litter pick day on Saturday (September 12). The Dunmow Town Council-run event takes place from 9.30am and volunteers are welcome to join the party. The areas that will be targeted are yet

DUNMOW'S continuing litter problem will be tackled at an organised litter pick day on Saturday (September 12).

The Dunmow Town Council-run event takes place from 9.30am and volunteers are welcome to join the party.

The areas that will be targeted are yet to be confirmed, although organisers are open to suggestions from members of the public and those who volunteer.

Cllr Gwynn Davies, chairman of the town council's downs and commons committee, said: "We're not going to tell people where to pick up litter - if they see an area as a particular problem then that is where we will look at.

"It would be great if people could spare an hour or two."

Cllr Davies pointed out that Dunmow's litter problem has always been around to "a greater or lesser extent" but stressed more needs to be done to combat the issue.

"We've got a really picturesque town but because of the carelessness of a few people, it looks less attractive," he said.

"Some people have the attitude that it is someone's job to clean up. To an extent that is the case, but a great amount of council staff time is spent tidying up rather than on other, more useful, things.

"It is a matter of education - more of an effort needs to be made to keep the area tidy. It doesn't necessarily mean people have to take part in an organised litter pick; simply picking up litter outside of their own front door would be a help."

People interested in joining the litter pick party should meet at Foakes Hall, Stortford Road at 9.30am. All litter picking equipment will be provided.

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