A new High Peak initiative that encourages people to get active, spend time outdoors and help to keep local neighbourhoods clean is being launched.
High Peak Borough Council and its waste and street cleaning partner Alliance Environmental Services are linking up with leisure centres on the Pick-Fit scheme to help combat the rise in litter.
Residents who get involved with the litter picking in their local area will be offered a week’s free pass at the leisure centre to use the gym or pool.
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said there are benefits to health and wellbeing as well as helping the local community.
“Our new Pick-Fit initiative offers the best of both worlds combining physical activity with the sense of achievement that comes from looking after your local environment.
“And, as a thank you to those taking part, we’re offering a free week pass to use at our local leisure centres where you can keep your activity levels up at the gym or in the pool and see if you’d be interested in signing up for a longer period.”
Councillors Damien Greenhalgh and Jean Todd
Councillor Jean Todd, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and Community Safety, said: “Litter causes damage to the environment and wildlife and can make areas appear neglected and uncared for.
“It’s something that is easily avoided and I urge people to consider the impact dropping litter has and to dispose of their waste in public litter bins or take it home with them.
“Where it continues to be a problem we hope our Pick-Fit scheme will be a fitting thank you to those people that do have pride in where they live and take positive action to help keep the High Peak clean.”
To find out more about the scheme, and sign-up, go to the council’s website www.highpeak.gov.uk/Pick-Fit.
(from left to right) Joel Rawlin, Communications Officer for Alliance Environmental Services; Rob Smith, Glossop Leisure Centre Membership and Duty Manager; Councillor Jean Todd, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and Community Safety; and Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure.