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11th Aug, 2022

'Wombles' wanted to help with Jubilee clean-up

‘WOMBLES’ are wanted to help give Rugby a Jubilee clean-up.

Rugby Borough Council (RBC) is encouraging residents, community organisations and parish councils to keep their neighbourhoods clean for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by making it easier to borrow litter-picking equipment.

Many informal litter-picking networks such as ‘wombles’ groups and rubbish-busting Facebook groups started tidying their communities for the ‘clean for the Queen’ initiative in April 2016, and have continued regular litter picks since.

The council has now created a simple online form that allows groups to request to borrow litter pickers, high visibility vests and bin bags. The same form can also be used to book a collection of the litter that they pick up.

Coun Kathryn Lawrence, RBC’s spokeswoman for operations and traded services, said: “Over the last few years we have seen more and more residents and community groups getting involved in their neighbourhoods by carrying out regular or one-off litter picks, and I would like to thank them for the wonderful job they have done.

“Litter picking is an activity that nearly everyone can take part in. It gets participants active and outside, enjoying their streets and open spaces.

“By making the process of borrowing equipment and arranging a collection easier, we hope more of our residents will take the opportunity to keep our open spaces clean and pleasant places to be.

“And with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee commemorations now underway, now is the perfect time to clean up our neighbourhoods.”

As well as supporting volunteer litter pickers and Duke of Edinburgh award candidates, the council employs street cleansing and open spaces teams who undertake regular scheduled litter picks and respond to reports of litter and fly-tipping hot spots.

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/litterpicking to request litter picking equipment.

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