Chamber cleaning up

The team gathered on Hilders Cliff

Biffa Waste Services supplied, through Rother District Council, litter picking equipment to Rye & District Chamber of Commerce who organised a litter pick on Sunday, June 6. After meeting at the Lookout on Hilders Cliff, members set off in different directions to then later bring their filled litter bags to the town hall to await collection by Biffa.

The collected rubbish

As part of the Rye Blooms project they cut back and weeded both of the Lookouts where the chamber have installed planted troughs and pots.

Sara Nixon said, “It’s about putting some pride back into our town that unfortunately seems to have slipped. We have a jewel of a town but litter and weeds spoil it for everyone. Several of us ‘pickers’ were particularly stunned at the number of cigarette ends”.

The chamber are asking Rother District Council, via Rye Town Council, for better litter bins and better signage asking visitors to take their litter home if bins are full or to find an alternative bin. Visitors are trying to do the right thing by taking litter to the bins but if they are full it gets left there and that’s when it gets scattered and becomes a problem. Seagulls contribute to the problem at this stage and when domestic rubbish is left unsecured, enabling birds to peck bags open.

The chamber wishes to thank Biffa, Rother District Council and the town council who all helped facilitate the litter pick and to thank the members who did the work. The chamber asks all businesses to look at their own frontages, please weed and sweep them regularly! A little effort from everyone can make such a difference.

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Image Credits: David Nixon .


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