Hatfield community joins forces to tackle litter problem

[Laura Slingo | News Editor]

The University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Students’ Union invited volunteers to join its litter picking event in South Hatfield, 11.00am-2.00pm on Tuesday 9th February, to clean up the rubbish left by littering in this area.

The litter pick was a huge success. Eight volunteers took part on the day including two “Rezzi Rep” (Residential Representatives) volunteers, two SU volunteers, staff members from both the University and SU, a member of the University’s dedicated police team and a member of the WelHat Council, with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council providing the litter picking equipment on the day.

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Even though the weather was bitter, the volunteers worked incredibly hard, picking up litter along College Lane and the whole length of Bishops Rise. In total, 25 large refuse sacks of litter were collected, making a noticeable difference.

Final year UH Business Studies student, Chris Costello, who took part in the litter picking, shared his “Trash Mob” experience: “The event was well run with a simple objective try and clear up the area surrounding College Lane. The work was fairly light compared to other volunteering projects I have been on in the past and I am already signed up for the next event [held on the 26th February]. I suppose my motivation behind the volunteering is two-fold, I want it to look good on my CV but it also improves the Uni’s reputation.”

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Emma Lewis, Community Liaison and Support Officer at the University, said: “Staff and students of the University of Hertfordshire are keen to support our local community to keep Hatfield clean.

“Volunteering events, such as litter picking, have such a positive impact on our local environment. It’s important that we all take pride in the community we live, study and work in. These events not only encourage individuals to participate in meaningful activities, but it is a great opportunity to meet new people and develop new skills.”

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If you would like to get involved in volunteering projects such as these, visit: hertfordshire.su/activities/volunteering

Images: Emma Lewis

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