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Working with communities to raise awareness

The Keep it Clear programme, launched in 2011, has inspired and enabled communities to engage with the issues and make a real difference. Since the programme started there has been a reduction in blockages of 30 per cent simply by people now recycling or binning their Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) as well as unflushables. 

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We use local, trusted and known ‘voices’ within the community to spread awareness of the issue (including, among many, mother and toddler clubs, youth groups, and tenants associations). We write to residents, feature articles in local magazines/parish newsletters and provide useful giveaways to cascade messages and support behaviour change.

We co-fund officers within local community voluntary services organisations to work on the Keep it Clear programme. This partnership approach enhances the volunteer experience for local people who have the opportunity to expand on social, communication and workplace skills.

The programme is currently targeting 24 identified blockage hot spot areas across the region.

We are also visiting residents at homes in repeat blockage streets, providing advice on preventing blockages and a range of free items to make it easy to act and are useful prompts in the home. These items include sink strainers, gunk pots, plate scrapers, toilet paper spray, 3Ps toilet roll.

In 2014 Keep it Clear won a national award for recognition of its work on customer engagement in this way from BITC, Business In The Community. 

What can you do?

Easy. Just put all your unflushable waste in the bin or, where possible, recycle oil and food waste in your doorstep food caddy collection or home composting. Small changes in the kitchen and bathroom make a big difference. 

Just a few of our community events

 
Creative interation:
We work in many creative ways to inspire and engage people like this event making items out of dried and dyed wipes at Northampton's Umbrella Fair. 
It's a monster mash:
Groundworks orgainised the Halloween Monster Mash for Green Patch Community Allotments in Kettering.
 
World Toilet Day:
Community outreach event in Grimsby. 
Digging deep:
Pupils from a primary school in Spalding

 

Out and about

Look out for Keep It Clear at the following events in 2017.

 

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