Litter pick 'loan hub' set up to encourage volunteers
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
A LITTER picking loan hub has been set up by a campaigner to ensure residents have equipment on hand should they wish to keep Barnard Castle tidy when out for a walk.
Two years ago, teenager George O’Brien came up with his anti-litter campaign, creating his own logo, posters and organising group litter picks.
Lockdown restrictions have curtailed his organised litter picks, that have been well-supported.
However, the youngster, with the help of his mum, Faye, has organised a litter pick equipment hub which will operate out of Connelly’s toy shop, from April 12.
Mrs O’Brien said: “Pauline’s very kindly agreed to have the equipment at her shop and there are pickers, hoops to hold the bags, gloves and bags available.”
Equipment will need to be signed in and out and a refundable deposit will be required. She added: “Durham County Council does provide a loan service, both long and short term, and we do normally use their equipment when we organise a group event. But this is separate to that and it means if anyone is out and about and wants to do a bit of litter picking, the equipment is on hand.”