Members of the East Midlands business community took to the streets of Nottingham on 11 October, donning gloves and litter pickers to take part in a group litter collection.
Organised by local businesses Jennie Holland PR and 200 Degrees Coffee, and with equipment being supplied by Nottingham City Council, the Nottingham litter pick marked the first rubbish clean-up event of its kind in the area and was attended by 40 volunteers from East Midlands-based firms.
Taking four routes in and around the city centre; including the canal and The Meadows, volunteers picked up over 40 bags of rubbish in just two hours, which was then collected and responsibly disposed of by Nottingham City Council.
Teams were made up of representatives from Franklin Ellis Architects, G F Tomlinson, Delta-Simons, Fraser Brown Solicitors, Melfort Construction, Amptron Electrical Services, Scape Group, Arc Partnership, Nottingham City Council and organisers 200 Degrees and Jennie Holland PR.
Jennie Holland said: “In any city you don’t have to go very far to see litter carelessly dropped, and being based in Nottingham city centre, the team and I wanted to invest some of our time doing a clean-up. 200 Degrees Coffee has similar values to us, so it made sense to come together to organise the initiative and invite regional businesses to join us.
“We are proud of our city and it’s important that the business community do what they can to protect what is around us. Like many firms, we are looking to increase our sustainable and eco-conscious efforts and the litter pick event is a part of that.
“The response from those wanting to volunteer was brilliant and the volume of what we collected as a group shows that there is a need for more of this sort of thing and we are already planning the next one which will be in Leicester. I’d like to thank all of those who took part in doing something positive for Nottingham.”
Diane Reynolds, head of business administration at 200 Degrees Coffee, said: “It was really good to see businesses coming together to do good for the community and we’d like to thank everyone who took part in the Nottingham litter pick. We are looking forward to rolling out future events in other cities across the region.”
Tony Pap, senior operational manager at Nottingham City Council said: “It’s always positive to see businesses banding together to give something back – and whilst we have our own clean-up resources – we always welcome these sort of initiatives that help keep our streets and pathways clean and ensure that waste is disposed of or recycled properly.”
Organisers plan to roll out further litter picking events across the East Midlands in 2020.