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Eco-employees clean up streets

Volunteers from tech company Midwich took to the streets of Diss this month to clear litter as part of its Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

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Volunteers from Midwich collected eight full rubbish bags to help clean up the city

Midwich’s CSR team which consists of eight employees from across the business organised the programme which will see staff involved in community, charity and environment events.

Carla Shipp, head of human resources and volunteer, says: “We see the benefit of actively encouraging our employees to take part in worthwhile community projects and would encourage other local employers to do the same.”

Litter is known to have many detrimental effects and can cause both mental and physical health issues. Animals are also affected and the RSPA receives several thousand telephone calls per year reporting animal injuries as a result of rubbish.

According to Kingdom Services Group, over 30 million tonnes of litter is collected from the streets in the UK every year. It says this is enough to fill Wembley Stadium to the brim four times.

It’s wonderful to see communities come together to help us look after our local environment and we encourage everyone to dispose of their rubbish responsibly

To help tackle the problem 12 volunteers from Midwich donned high vis jackets and protective gloves and set about clearing up the city.

The volunteers successfully removed 22 grams of rubbish from Diss and clocked up an impressive 74,000 steps.
The team collected some unusual items during their expedition, including an Elf on the Shelf teddy and a head torch.

South Norfolk council cabinet member, Kay Mason Billig, says: “It’s wonderful to see communities come together to help us look after our local environment and we encourage everyone to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. We want to continue working with our communities and encourage others to care about and take a pride in the place they live.”

If you have any comments on this story, or would like to get in touch, please email me at zoe@linkpublishing.co.uk or join the conversation on Twitter.


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