“We care about our local environment – it’s important.”
North Hill parish volunteer litter picker
Our beautiful, natural environment is something special and important for us all - for those of us lucky enough to live here and for visitors to Cornwall.
We take pride in our parish and want to see it litter-free. Litter is also be a danger to wildlfe.
Volunteer litter pickers go out reasonably regularly or when they see there is a need.
Our parish roads are safe enough for us to pick whenever we decide to do so.
The B3254 and B3257 need the Council team with the lorry to ensure our safety.
Following our picks we put out the 'robin signs' to raise awareness, to let you know that we've picked and essentially to help achieve our main aim - which is to prevent littering in the first place.
Our robin is becoming well known!
The picking process
When our project began, in 2007, we set up the following process to tackle the litter problems on our local roads:
- Risk Assessment
All pickers have initial training and appropriate kit including high visibility jackets.
- Deep pick
This is the first pick and reveals all the old litter deep in the undergrowth.
We record on maps the routes different volunteers will pick, to ensure we do as many parish roads as possible.
We record the number of sacks of litter collected.
- Collection of sacks
After a deep pick the council will collect the sacks of litter from a pre-arranged collection point.
- Grade the road
See litter grades - DEFRA Code (this is a pop up window)
- Promote the anti-littering message
Put out roadside signs (for 3 days).
Regular reports in the parish newsletter.
- Maintenance picks
As a group or individuals at intervals depending on amount of litter observed.
- Record, grade & monitor
Complete record sheets to monitor what type of litter is being collected and how much. Maintenance picks will show the progress towards litter free roads.
- Ongoing publicity to promote the anti-littering message more widely.
Roadside signs inform local people; parish newsletter reports helps to engage with the community; liaison with our community partners and Cornwall Council Street Rangers.