School cleans up in East Gateshead

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate, On your estate - Estate Walkabouts.

Brandling_Primary_School_litter_pick_March_2016_020Children from Brandling Primary School in East Gateshead have helped The Gateshead Housing Company to stub out litter problems.

Pupils recently took part in a litter-pick around their estate with housing company and Gateshead Council employees.

The short tour aimed to highlight the problems litter, particularly when smoking-related, can cause.

Children took to the streets armed with bin bags and rubbish grabbers, specifically on the lookout for cigarette butts, boxes, Cellophane and matches.

Janice Pooley and Catherine Smith, Estate Officers at the housing company, worked with some of the schools on the project together with Local Environmental Services within Gateshead Council.

Janice said: “Litter causes problems all over the country, especially when it’s smoking-related.

“This was a great way to make children more aware of their environment, and instil the dangers of fire at the same time.”

‘No butts it’s litter’ events have also been held at Bede and St Augustine’s Primary Schools in the last few weeks.

Estate Tours are an important way for local people to get involved and help make environmental improvements and build stronger communities.

Tours take place across the borough on a regular basis. To take part residents should contact their nearest housing office or visit the Estate Tours page of our website.

Photo above: Pupils from Brandling Primary School with Estate Officers Jan Pooley and Catherine Smith (back row, left and second left).

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