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Cabinets keep volunteers stocked up

Published: 3rd Jul 2017

A NUMBER of newly installed seafront cabinets will be giving volunteers a welcome boost in their beach cleaning activities.

Installed in the Majuba Road car park and at the Dundas slipway, the cabinets will be filled with everything community groups need to run their own litter picks and do their bit to support the Redcar & Cleveland 'Love It' campaign, which asks people to do one small thing to make a big difference to the environment.

Filled with litter pickers, hi-vis jackets, gloves and rubbish sacks & hoops, the units will reduce costs for any groups wanting to take part in the 'Love It' campaign by organising their own beach clean-up events.

Sponsored by SABIC and the Friends of Redcar, the cabinets will allow businesses, schools and community groups to run their own litterpicks as they won't need to buy their own equipment. Plans are also in place to install the cabinets in other locations across the borough in the coming months.

Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "The new cabinets really assist with one of the key points of the 'Love It' campaign, letting community groups, businesses and schools organise their own environmental events without having to pay out for equipment and having everything they need easily at hand."

Daren Smith, Site Director SABIC, said: "We take corporate and social responsibility and environmental issues very seriously at SABIC so are delighted to support the 'Love It' campaign by sponsoring these cabinets. Volunteering is also very close to our heart so we'll be encouraging our own employees to take part in litter picking activities over the coming months too. SABIC are very proud to support this worthwhile community initiative."

Cllr Carl Quartermain, Chair of the Friends of Redcar, said: "I would like to thank SABIC for supporting our idea and for their active involvement throughout the project to help us install these cabinets. Equally I wish to thank the council's 'Love It' team for all their support bringing this vision into reality. I would very much encourage other businesses to sponsor more cabinets on our sea front and in our parks across the borough to help us all tackle the increasing problem we experience with discarded disposable materials.

"It became clear to me over the years organising litter picks for FRED that volunteers enjoyed doing their own adhoc action. Many residents are seen coming off the beach clutching handfuls of rubbish during their leisurely walks. Others wish to take part but haven't the availability to make our litter picks or equipment. As well as this many companies and schools contact me as they wish to carry out their own community actions on Redcar beach during week days but FRED can really only function effectively on weekends.

"The bin cabinets are the perfect solution for those actively engaged with their community. Whether you're an individual on an adhoc litter pick or a group, school or business organising your own session, contact FRED or RCBC to gain access to these stocked cabinets full of litter picking equipment and help us to keep Redcar clean, tidy and family friendly."

To find out more about the 'Love It' scheme, and how you can do one small thing to make a big difference to the environment, go to www.redcar-clevelandloveit.co.uk. To find out how to use the cabinets for a litterpick of your own, contact the council on 01642 774774.

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