YOUNGSTERS helped pull out all the stops when they rolled their sleeves up to take part in a litter pick along the old Whitby to Scarborough railway line.
Around 21 children and their teachers from Hawsker cum-Stainsacre School, along with Scarborough Borough Council’s (SBC) Recycling and Waste Unit, took part in the community tidy up event which started at Hawsker train station before moving along the cycle way to Robin Hood’s Bay.
The litter pick was organised by Lucy Nockels who asked the council to join them. They provided the litter picks and bags and gave a brief talk about recycling before the children went out to clean up.
In an effort to rid their open spaces of litter they picked 17 bags of rubbish which was collected by an SBC refuse wagon after the event.
Teacher Miss Nockels said the children are very enthusiastic about their environment and wanted to do something positive to help make improvements with regard to litter in their local community.
She said: “We are working on becoming an Eco-school and our theme for the spring term is green.
“During this half-term we will be focusing on being green and looking at the various aspects of recycling.
“We wanted the children to be aware of their local environment and community and to be aware of possible damage litter can do. Once we have collected litter we will follow it to the recycling centre to see what happens next. We are hoping to encourage the children to extend their recycling activities both at school and at home.”
Donna Gaddass, recycling education officer at Scarborough Borough Council added: “Taking part in the community tidy up is an excellent opportunity for children to support and improve their local area.
“It’s so important we start setting an example from an early age so that children grow up appreciating the environment in which they live. We hope that by taking part in the event, the rest of the community will see that dropping litter is unacceptable.”
For more information about recycling and waste or if anyone would like to report an incident of littering contact Customer First on (01723) 232323 or visit www.scarborough.gov.uk/recycling.