Joyce Duffin, Councillor for Mount Hawke and Portreath and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment, supported the Clean Cornwall campaign by taking part in a community litter pick earlier this month at Mount Hawke. The event, co-ordinated from the newly established Corner Cafe in Mount Hawke, was organised and attended by Joyce and Local St Agnes Parish Councillors; Jinny Clark, Diana Rodda, Roger Aston and Bill Forbes.

Local volunteers gave up their time to clean up Mount Hawke. Clean Cornwall provided the volunteers with litter pick grabbers, black bin bags and hi-vis vests. Volunteers filled around 15 black bin bags with rubbish, showing how effective local action can be to improve the neighbourhood for the better. Joyce said: “I would like to thank the local residents who gave up a couple of hours of their time to help remove litter around Mount Hawke. We hope to make this a regular event in the village.”

Clean Cornwall believe in a pretty simple idea. If people were encouraged to notice litter more so they can see the scale of the problem, and if they heard about how local people across Cornwall are trying to protect the places that matter to them from litter, then they’re much less likely to drop it.

If you want to help to clean Cornwall you can join in with existing community run litter picks in your area or organise your own and details can be found on the Clean Cornwall website. If you’re organising your own community litter pick, Clean Cornwall can help by providing you with equipment, advice and taking the rubbish away afterwards.

Story posted 18 April 2016