Free ‘Picitup’ kits are now being offered by Kempsey Shire Council for locals keen to do their bit to help keep our community clear of litter.
Council’s Waste Education Officer, Gavin Hughes, said the Picitup kits are a simple but effective way of helping people clean up litter as well as track down where it comes from.
“The kits include a handmade Boomerang shoulder-bag, four litter sacks, two pairs of gloves and a booklet to record what litter is picked up,” Mr Hughes said.
“We are encouraging residents to collect a kit, remove litter when they are walking around the shire, and record what they collect.
“Putting the collected litter in public or household bins gets the waste to the right place.
The removal of litter in public spaces prevents our street drains from blocking or litter travelling into our rivers and beaches.”
Residents cleaning our community will also be part of a bigger regional effort with Midcoast, Bellingen, Nambucca, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie-Hastings councils also promoting the Picitup program, Mr Hughes said.
“Midwaste Regional Waste Forum is coordinating the Picitup campaign and will collect your data to help plan future litter prevention projects with ways to reduce litter and illegal dumping in your area.”
The Picitup kits are available at Council’s Customer Service Centre, located at 22 Tozer St, West Kempsey.