Redcar litter-pickers are set to step up the fight to tackle rubbish being left on the beach of the seaside town – with some help from a Teesside business.
Newly-installed seafront cabinets – filled with everything community groups need to run their own litter picks – have given volunteers a welcome boost in their beach cleaning activities.
Installed in the town’s Majuba Road car park and at the Dundas slipway, the cabinets are packed with litter pickers, hi-vis jackets, gloves and rubbish sacks.
Sponsored by chemical firm SABIC, whose UK manufacturing HQ is at nearby Wilton, the units will reduce costs and enable groups or individuals to undertake beach clean-up activities on the spot as they won’t need to buy their own equipment.
Voluntary group, The Friends of Redcar, has welcomed the helping hand for beach-combing volunteers from local businesses, schools and community groups who carry out litter-picking sessions in a bid to do their bit for the environment.
SABIC site director Daren Smith said: “We take environmental issues very seriously at SABIC so we’re delighted to support both Friends of Redcar and Redcar & Cleveland Council by sponsoring these cabinets.
“Volunteering is also very close to our heart so we are encouraging our own employees – many of who live in Redcar – to take part in litter-picking activities too.”
Cllr Carl Quartermain, chair of the Friends of Redcar, said: “I would like to thank SABIC for supporting our idea and for their active involvement throughout the project to help us install these cabinets.
“Equally I wish to thank the council’s ‘Love It’ team for their support to bring this vision into reality.
“I would very much encourage other businesses to sponsor more cabinets on our sea front and in our parks across the borough to help us all tackle the increasing problem we experience with discarded disposable materials.
“It became clear to me over the years organising litter picks for Friends of Redcar that volunteers enjoyed doing their own adhoc action.
“Many residents are seen coming off the beach clutching handfuls of rubbish during their leisurely walks. Others wish to take part but haven’t the availability to make our litter picks or equipment.
“The bin cabinets are the perfect solution for those actively engaged with their community.”
Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The new cabinets really assist with one of the key points of our ‘Love It’ campaign, letting community groups, businesses and schools organise their own environmental events without having to pay out for equipment and having everything they need easily at hand.”
Plans are also in place to install the cabinets in other locations across the borough in the coming months.
Individuals or groups that would like to take part in a litter-pick should contact Friends of Redcar firstname.lastname@example.org