Tune in for Wakefield’s Litter Pick Me Up

29/07/2019, PR-9139

Litter Pick Me Up
Litter Pick Me Up

Wakefield Council is inviting residents and businesses to join a litter pick with a difference on Friday 2 August.

A 'Litter Pick Me Up' event is being held in the city centre with the help of contemporary jazz band Back Chat Brass, to spread the feel good factor associated with making Wakefield a nicer place to live, work and visit.

The Council is also naming its first ever 'Litter Heroes', nine-year-old Grace, who impressed with her efforts to pick litter in Pontefract during the Great British Spring Clean and 54-year-old Rob, known locally in Crofton as 'Litter Picker Bob'.

The parade will begin at the Town Hall at 12.30pm taking in various city centre locations.

People are invited to join the parade, sign the pledge to stop the drop and start a litter pick me up, take a picture for social media using the selfie frame and collect rewards in exchange for picking up litter along the route.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Our Litter Pick Me Up is a fantastic way to celebrate the feel good factor that comes with taking small, positive actions like picking up litter. We want to encourage residents, schools, businesses and community groups to volunteer and become litter heroes in their local area.

"Litter is a blight on the environment and costs millions of pounds to clear. Even though the Council is working hard to tackle it, we need everyone's help to make a big difference together.

"We would love as many people as possible to join in the parade and be inspired to start a 'litter pick me up' in their local area. We can provide equipment, training and support so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable litter pick."

The second part of the parade will begin at 1.45pm from Create Café in Wakefield One, before heading to the Cathedral precinct and ending with a final performance from Back Chat Brass in Trinity Walk at 2.30pm.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/pickmeup or follow #LitterPickMeUp on social media for more information on how to get involved or how to nominate a litter hero.