Litter pick to clean up High Street

Litter pick to clean up High Street

Litter pick to clean up High Street

First published in News

ATEAM of volunteers helped clear up 16 bags of rubbish from Southend’s High Street as part of a clean-up campaign.

Shop workers, councillors, council officers, and residents banded together to collect bags of cigarette butts, paper, cans, and bottles.

Littering in Essex is estimated to cost taxpayers £17million a year.

Staff from McDonald’s and KFC also helped out on the day.

Angela Freeman, who works at KFC said: “The only way we’re going to defeat the litter problem is for everyone to get involved. This means local businesses, residents, schools and communities working together to change behaviour and realise that dropping litter is just not acceptable.”

Marc Morley, from McDonald's, added: “A clean street is good for business and tourism, but better still it is gives people a great sense of pride.”

The initiative forms part of the Love Essex Hate Litter campaign have been prominently displayed in Southend and throughout neighbouring areas.

The campaign – supported by Southend Council in partnership with Cory Environmental – urges residents, visitors and businesses to take responsibility for tackling littering. Much of cost of collecting litter is spent picking up rubbish that didn’t find its way into the nearest bin.

Martin Terry, Southend councillor responsible for waste, said: “We’re all fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country – a place where six million people a year come to enjoy everything Southend has to offer.

“We want to make sure Southend is clean and tidy so residents are proud of their streets, and visitors can enjoy our lovely borough.

“The Love Essex Hate Litter campaign has had fantastic support.

Now we need to make the extra commitment to tackling litter together.

“It was great to see today’s joint litter-picking efforts. At the same time we would like to remind residents and visitors that there are many bins in the High Street which have dual sections for litter which can be recycled.”

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8:35am Mon 4 Aug 14

Little John says...

I think a major contributing factor to how much litter is dropped on the streets starts at schools. At just about every school I ever visit, I can't help noticing the amount of litter left on the ground after break times. After just a 20 minute morning break, sports fields and playgrounds are covered in empty crisp bags and cans. This happens despite an enormous amount of litter bins close by. There doesn't appear to be any policy at any school I visit to educate the pupils that it is unacceptable to do this. What happens is a silent army of site staff have to clear up the mess after every single break time. It must be totally demoralising for them. The pupils just carry on this behavior outside school as there is always someone else that comes along and clears the litter up. Until school leaders decide to grasp this nettle there will be no change in this behavior.
I think a major contributing factor to how much litter is dropped on the streets starts at schools. At just about every school I ever visit, I can't help noticing the amount of litter left on the ground after break times. After just a 20 minute morning break, sports fields and playgrounds are covered in empty crisp bags and cans. This happens despite an enormous amount of litter bins close by. There doesn't appear to be any policy at any school I visit to educate the pupils that it is unacceptable to do this. What happens is a silent army of site staff have to clear up the mess after every single break time. It must be totally demoralising for them. The pupils just carry on this behavior outside school as there is always someone else that comes along and clears the litter up. Until school leaders decide to grasp this nettle there will be no change in this behavior. Little John
  • Score: 15

8:38am Mon 4 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Don't happen at the school we go to.

The problem starts at a young and can be stopped by parents doing a good job in paving the way showing whats right and wrong, some do the right thing but others don't.
Don't happen at the school we go to. The problem starts at a young and can be stopped by parents doing a good job in paving the way showing whats right and wrong, some do the right thing but others don't. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 13

8:47am Mon 4 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

The problem is litter itself.

Its been proven via the brown window theory :

"Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.

Consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars."

That's why you get messy street and clean street. People are much less unlikely to drop litter is the street is spotless, but much more likely (almost encouraged) to drop little is the street already has little on & the more little = the more that will be dropped.

Look and you will see whole streets that are full with rubbish outside the houses and then a few roads downs entire streets that are clean.
The problem is litter itself. Its been proven via the brown window theory : "Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars." That's why you get messy street and clean street. People are much less unlikely to drop litter is the street is spotless, but much more likely (almost encouraged) to drop little is the street already has little on & the more little = the more that will be dropped. Look and you will see whole streets that are full with rubbish outside the houses and then a few roads downs entire streets that are clean. supermadmax
  • Score: 11

9:07am Mon 4 Aug 14

scrounger‎ says...

Silly me; I always thought this is what I paid my council tax for. Anyway, a big thank you to the volunteers for their help.
Silly me; I always thought this is what I paid my council tax for. Anyway, a big thank you to the volunteers for their help. scrounger‎
  • Score: 13

10:11am Mon 4 Aug 14

DCLEIGH says...

Perhaps the volunteers could be better used to hand out leaflets to warn people that they WILL be fined for dropping litter and to have more dustbins that are not overflowing. Then, the excess litter and the litter dropped by morons would be picked up by prison offenders or ASBO-collectors or people fined for dropping litter could pay less for their fine by picking up a black bag of rubbish as a punishment (preferably with a high visability jacket on at all times).
Perhaps the volunteers could be better used to hand out leaflets to warn people that they WILL be fined for dropping litter and to have more dustbins that are not overflowing. Then, the excess litter and the litter dropped by morons would be picked up by prison offenders or ASBO-collectors or people fined for dropping litter could pay less for their fine by picking up a black bag of rubbish as a punishment (preferably with a high visability jacket on at all times). DCLEIGH
  • Score: 10

11:40am Mon 4 Aug 14

onorris24 says...

i used to work in KFC and once served a lady who worked at Sainsbury's come in and purchase a Twister, i placed it in a bag and as she walked out she took the twister from the bag and threw it straight on the floor, i was disgusted! how she had the audacity to throw it on the floor, right outside the shop i will never know, considering she was wearing her uniform at the time shows that she has no respect for the environment where she lives. I think it is disgusting that people litter, it just shows the lack of respect people have for the area in which they live, who on earth wants to walk amongst piles of rubbish? I don't think anyone would, so why would anyone want to chuck litter on the floor? There needs to be more of an incentive to keep your area clean, I do think a lot of people think "oh, someones employed to clean the streets and pick up litter, ill just chuck it on the floor" the worst part is, is that the rubbish might never get picked up and harm animals and the environment around us. It is a great shame, but once people are stuck in their ways it is difficult to change them.
i used to work in KFC and once served a lady who worked at Sainsbury's come in and purchase a Twister, i placed it in a bag and as she walked out she took the twister from the bag and threw it straight on the floor, i was disgusted! how she had the audacity to throw it on the floor, right outside the shop i will never know, considering she was wearing her uniform at the time shows that she has no respect for the environment where she lives. I think it is disgusting that people litter, it just shows the lack of respect people have for the area in which they live, who on earth wants to walk amongst piles of rubbish? I don't think anyone would, so why would anyone want to chuck litter on the floor? There needs to be more of an incentive to keep your area clean, I do think a lot of people think "oh, someones employed to clean the streets and pick up litter, ill just chuck it on the floor" the worst part is, is that the rubbish might never get picked up and harm animals and the environment around us. It is a great shame, but once people are stuck in their ways it is difficult to change them. onorris24
  • Score: 8

12:23pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually. Friendly Fire
  • Score: -18

12:40pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
Why not pocket your rubbish and take it home?
[quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]Why not pocket your rubbish and take it home? Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 15

12:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
my goodness what a public spirited person you are. If there isn't a bin nearby dont drop stuff on the pavement- take it home with you.

Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]my goodness what a public spirited person you are. If there isn't a bin nearby dont drop stuff on the pavement- take it home with you. Idiot. cropped hero
  • Score: 14

1:01pm Mon 4 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

cropped hero wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
my goodness what a public spirited person you are. If there isn't a bin nearby dont drop stuff on the pavement- take it home with you.

Idiot.
I always find it interesting that its the people who view themselves to be morally superior, and the 'good guy', who feel the need to resort to insults like 'idiot' and abusive behaviour towards other site users - its common on most current affairs sites.
[quote][p][bold]cropped hero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]my goodness what a public spirited person you are. If there isn't a bin nearby dont drop stuff on the pavement- take it home with you. Idiot.[/p][/quote]I always find it interesting that its the people who view themselves to be morally superior, and the 'good guy', who feel the need to resort to insults like 'idiot' and abusive behaviour towards other site users - its common on most current affairs sites. supermadmax
  • Score: -11

1:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Dingo says...

Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.
[quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end. Dingo
  • Score: 17

1:10pm Mon 4 Aug 14

emcee says...

What is the point of employing people at great expense (using council tax money) to clean the streets.
Firstly, there seems to be plenty of good spirited mugs to do the job for free and, secondly, the people employed to do the job "officially" cannot be very good at their job if they are leaving 16 bags worth of litter still lying around, on just one street (albeit quite a big one).
What is the point of employing people at great expense (using council tax money) to clean the streets. Firstly, there seems to be plenty of good spirited mugs to do the job for free and, secondly, the people employed to do the job "officially" cannot be very good at their job if they are leaving 16 bags worth of litter still lying around, on just one street (albeit quite a big one). emcee
  • Score: 15

1:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

emcee says...

Dingo wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.
This is true but Friendly Fire is only a troll and should be totally ignored.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.[/p][/quote]This is true but Friendly Fire is only a troll and should be totally ignored. emcee
  • Score: 10

2:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.
Somehow I can't see your comment making the Echo's printed version.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.[/p][/quote]Somehow I can't see your comment making the Echo's printed version. Blind Haze
  • Score: 0

3:04pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Dingo says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.
Somehow I can't see your comment making the Echo's printed version.
I disagree. If my comment is taken in the correct context, I can foresee my comment making the printed edition. And every reader will break into spontaneous applause.
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.[/p][/quote]Somehow I can't see your comment making the Echo's printed version.[/p][/quote]I disagree. If my comment is taken in the correct context, I can foresee my comment making the printed edition. And every reader will break into spontaneous applause. Dingo
  • Score: 1

3:26pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.
Somehow I can't see your comment making the Echo's printed version.
I disagree. If my comment is taken in the correct context, I can foresee my comment making the printed edition. And every reader will break into spontaneous applause.
I really can't see them printing a comment in which you repeatedly call someone a bellend. Primarily due to your poor spelling of the aforementioned insult.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]You, sir, are a bell-end. A purple, shiny bell-end.[/p][/quote]Somehow I can't see your comment making the Echo's printed version.[/p][/quote]I disagree. If my comment is taken in the correct context, I can foresee my comment making the printed edition. And every reader will break into spontaneous applause.[/p][/quote]I really can't see them printing a comment in which you repeatedly call someone a bellend. Primarily due to your poor spelling of the aforementioned insult. Blind Haze
  • Score: 0

3:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Dingo says...

I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues.
I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues. Dingo
  • Score: 2

4:29pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues.
An asterix? Is obelix there too?
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues.[/p][/quote]An asterix? Is obelix there too? Blind Haze
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Dingo says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues.
An asterix? Is obelix there too?
I strongly believe that your comment will be published in the print edition of the paper.
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues.[/p][/quote]An asterix? Is obelix there too?[/p][/quote]I strongly believe that your comment will be published in the print edition of the paper. Dingo
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues.
An asterix? Is obelix there too?
I strongly believe that your comment will be published in the print edition of the paper.
Only if the editors are Getafix and Dogmatix.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: I do find few things more annoying than an asterix covered expletive hence the reason for including a hyphen in my insult. I am sure that the good journalists of the Echo would ensure that the word is spelt correctly within their fine periodical. And, if they wish, I am also available for insightful comment on a whole range of local issues.[/p][/quote]An asterix? Is obelix there too?[/p][/quote]I strongly believe that your comment will be published in the print edition of the paper.[/p][/quote]Only if the editors are Getafix and Dogmatix. Blind Haze
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
Why not pocket your rubbish and take it home?
Because I don't like putting wrappers in my pocket. Could potentially make my clothing dirty.
[quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]Why not pocket your rubbish and take it home?[/p][/quote]Because I don't like putting wrappers in my pocket. Could potentially make my clothing dirty. Friendly Fire
  • Score: -3

6:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

davepeddie says...

Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
and that is precisely the kind of anti-social behaviour that causes the litter problem in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]and that is precisely the kind of anti-social behaviour that causes the litter problem in the first place. davepeddie
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

& next week's Echo will be reporting how Cory, in conjunction with SBC, are getting rid of their street cleaners as there are unpaid volunteers willing to do the job..........
& next week's Echo will be reporting how Cory, in conjunction with SBC, are getting rid of their street cleaners as there are unpaid volunteers willing to do the job.......... Bosniavet
  • Score: 3

10:16pm Mon 4 Aug 14

emcee says...

davepeddie wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.
and that is precisely the kind of anti-social behaviour that causes the litter problem in the first place.
Ignore him, he is just trolling.
[quote][p][bold]davepeddie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Well if people didn't litter, the street cleaners wouldn't have a job. That is how I view it anyway. If there is a bin available then I would place it in a bin, but if I cant see one in sight, then I just throw it on the floor. Somebody will pick it up eventually.[/p][/quote]and that is precisely the kind of anti-social behaviour that causes the litter problem in the first place.[/p][/quote]Ignore him, he is just trolling. emcee
  • Score: 3

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