North East Lincolnshire Council’s Skip It events have been shortlisted in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual awards.
Beating off stiff competition from local authorities across the country, North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has been named as one of the finalists in this year’s Keep Britain Tidy Awards.
The awards celebrate the very best councils, those who are making significant improvements to the environment on people’s doorstep.
Skip It was launched in the summer of 2018 and saw pop-up recycling points set up for a day in each of the area’s 15 wards.
People visited in their thousands, even those without transport, with some carrying a sofa down the street or pushing a fridge along in a wheelbarrow. They brought everything from mattresses and washing machines to garden clippings and fence panels.
For the second phase in 2019 community groups and other organisations were invited to bid to stage their own pop-up recycling centres in association with the Council. The Council teamed up with Lincolnshire Housing Partnership LHP and nine other community groups to stage 11 Skip It events between May and October 2019.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at NELC, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who came forward to work with us and stage their own Skip It events this year, they’re all a credit to their communities.
“I would also like to extend my gratitude to our waste management contractor, NEWLINCS Development Ltd, who have supported Skip It since it started last year by providing the skips and staff to help at the events.
“As well as offering people an extra way to get rid of household items they no longer need, Skip It saw a coming together of different organisations and community groups who are active in different wards.
“Perhaps the biggest benefit for us has been building relationships with the community and tapping into a network of people who are working to instil more pride into the area.
“And for the public, having a convenient way to get rid of household junk is a winner.
“Look out for more news about Skip It in 2020.”
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “I would like to congratulate North East Lincolnshire District Council on being shortlisted for one of our annual awards.
“We know that people want to live in places that are clean and tidy and local authorities have a massive role to play in this.
“We are delighted that so many authorities entered our awards and the standard was incredibly high.”