Councillor to buy 100 litter pickers to give to residents to help clamp down on rubbish

Mark Ereira-Guyer trying to clamp down on litter at Spring Lane Wildlife area, pictured with Andy Hobbs waste development officer, Mark Christie Business Manager waste and Andrew Harvey waste advisor
Mark Ereira-Guyer trying to clamp down on litter at Spring Lane Wildlife area, pictured with Andy Hobbs waste development officer, Mark Christie Business Manager waste and Andrew Harvey waste advisor

A leading Bury St Edmunds councillor is offering litter pick equipment to residents to help clamp down on rubbish in their neighbourhood – continuing the spirit of our ‘Let’s Be Proud of Bury’ campaign.

County councillor Mark Ereira-Guyer, leader of the Green and Independent Group, says he can use funds from his locality budget to buy 100 litter pickers to give out to those willing to lend a hand.

He is encouraging others to take action after he cleaned up litter blighting the Spring Lane and Tayfen nature reserve on Saturday morning.

Cllr Ereira-Guyer said: “I’m not the only one who looks at that and feels a sense of horror that people have literally had their sandwich and thrown away the packaging.”

He has also called on bosses at St Edmundsbury Borough Council to install an extra larger bin at the wildlife area.

His comments echo the Bury Free Press’ successful Let’s Be Proud of Bury campaign, which inspired residents to take care of the town’s street scene by clamping down on litter and graffiti.

Cllr Ereira-Guyer said: “Let’s have some real pride in our local environment. There’s so much community spirit here – it’s about maintaining it all the time.”

His litter pick offer was backed by Melanie Lesser, co-ordinator of the Bury in Bloom campaign.

She said: “It’s an excelllent idea. A lot of residents use the Spring Lane reserve and if we all get together we can make sure it looks as good as it can.

“If you clear litter you get less litter. If there’s litter there people think it’s okay to add more. If people are taking care it encourages care for the local environment.”

Mrs Lesser has also noticed an increase in graffiti in the town centre and urged people to tell police if they see it being done.

She said: “We need to encourage people to still take pride in our town and we need to get on top of it and report it when possible.”

Meanwhile, county and borough councillor Sarah Stamp has organised a litter pick on October 14 from 10am at Southgate Community Centre. She said: “We do them once a quarter and normally have between 30 to 40 people there. You can definitely see it’s improved the area – each time the pace is quicker so there’s less litter to pick up. It’s having an impact. We should all work together to look after our community.”

Cllr Stamp added that the Horringer Court Community Church also held a litter pick once a quarter and organised one last Saturday.

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said they would place an order for litter pickers for Cllr Ereira-Guyer, which he wouldpay for. She added: “There are several waste bins in and around the Spring Lane wildlife area and we were already looking at installing another bin. Our waste staff keep the town rubbish-free by regular inspections and clean-ups but we always encourage people to get involved in keeping their neighbourhoods tidy.”

Anyone who wants a litter pick should email mark.ereira@suffolk.gov.uk