Supermarkets, shops and businesses across Wrexham are being encouraged to show their customers and communities they care by adopting a Litter Free Zone around their business.
Many businesses support climate change initiatives such as sourcing local goods and using recyclable or less packing – but many don’t look at the environment immediately around their own business which in some cases can be strewn with litter.
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This leads to calls or complaints to the Council about areas of litter when there’s little we can do because it’s not our land.
We’re now encouraging businesses to think out of the box and set the example outside their premises aswell as inside.
Giving staff an opportunity to volunteer has also been proved to improve productivity, morale, and retention.
A recent example in Johnstown shows how an area can easily be tidied up when over 30 bags of rubbish were removed from the Co-op by the local litter picking group.
The supermarket is now planning their own litter picks and also some planting in the area.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said, “The comments we received on our social media post following the clean up were really positive and show just how much people care about their environment.
“Hopefully seeing how pleasant the outside of the supermarket looks now will encourage other businesses to commit to being a Litter Free Zone to keep it looking good all year around.”
How can my business get involved?
You’re encouraged to register your interest on the Keep Wales Tidy website and help keep the area local to you litter free through regular Litter Picks.
You can borrow a litter picking kit through the Caru Cymru Project from your local Keep Wales Tidy Litter Picking Hub (link) or buy your own equipment at a discounted rate from Helping Hand Environmental who are supporting the scheme.
Adopting a Litter Free Zone signals to your customers that you are a responsible business that takes the issue of littering seriously. Caru Cymru will provide you with resources to help you publicise your Litter Free Zone status.
Mae mabwysiadu Ardal Ddi-sbwriel yn arwydd i’ch cwsmeriaid eich bod yn fusnes sydd yn cymryd problem sbwriel o ddifrif. Byddwn yn darparu’r adnoddau i’ch helpu i gyhoeddi eich statws Ardal Ddi-sbwriel.
For more information email: Carucymru@wrexham.gov.uk.
Cllr Bithell added, “Whether your business is large or small it doesn’t matter. You’re important in your communities and you can make a difference to that community.
“We all want to see a cleaner, greener Wrexham and we can all play our part in making this happen either through our work, our leisure or just by using a litter bin and encouraging everyone to do the same.”
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