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Children ‘recruited’ as litter pickers in Tower Hamlets Council street clean-up

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 November 2016

Pupils from Whitechapel's London Islamic School litter pick along the Commercial Road [photo: Kois Miah]

Pupils from Whitechapel's London Islamic School litter pick along the Commercial Road [photo: Kois Miah]

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Schoolchildren have been used to help clear the streets of London’s East End which are constantly littered with rubbish.

Pupils from Mazahirul Uloom School cleaning up at Stepney's Shandy Park Pupils from Mazahirul Uloom School cleaning up at Stepney's Shandy Park

Youngsters from two secondary schools were ‘recruited’ by charity organisations to do litter picks, with Tower Hamlets Council’s blessing.

Whitechapel’s London Islamic School started the clean-up last Tuesday in Damien Street and went on to tidy the pavements along the busy Commercial Road.

The Year 7s got rid of cigarette butts, crisp packets and drinks cartons dropped by uncaring passers-by. They collected 12 bags of litter in one morning.

Also taking part was Bethnal Green’s Mazahirul Uloom School, which went litter picking in Mile End Park and Stepney’s Shandy Park.

The clean-up was organised by two charities, Knowledge to Action and Cleanup UK, who were backed by the council.

“Getting pupils involved in positive activities lets them take responsibility for their surroundings and sets a great example for others,” the council’s Head of Public Realm Roy Ormsby said.

“Some people insist on littering regardless of the impact it has on the environment, even though we regularly encourage the public to get rid of rubbish correctly.”

Knowledge to Action is a grassroots educational programme specialising in community social responsibility, while Cleanup UK encourages the public to tackle the problem of litter and to look after their environment.

The Town Hall is also tackling the street litter problem with the help of the internet—people can download the council’s Find it, Fix it, Love it smartphone app to report issues that need clearing up, including litter, fly tipping and overflowing dustbins in the streets.

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