Doing whatever we can to help improve the environment around us has always been part of the way we like to work at EPC-UK.

Of course, at present the importance of exercising safe social distancing is playing a vital role in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic – so for that reason our physical community activities have been placed on hold for now.
However, just a few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to help make a difference to litter levels in Little and Great Oakley – two residential areas close to our Bramble Island operation in Essex.
Both communities’ litter picking groups approached us to see if we’d be willing to donate towards their initiatives. The organisations are made entirely of volunteers – from teenagers to retirees – and together they donate time and energy to gathering kerbside litter in an effort to improve their local areas, both aesthetically and for resident wildlife.

We were pleased to add ten new grabbers to their cause, which has helped the groups tremendously, as previously they needed to borrow equipment from Tendring Council.

“The groups’ litter picking achievements are truly impressive and advantageous for us all,” said Michelle Miller, General Manager at EPC-UK.

“Both groups are having to take a break from monthly litter picks for the moment of course, however based on results reported upon by the Harwich and Manningtree Standard in February, the Little Oakley group succeeds in collecting on average 18 bin bags full of rubbish in one Sunday session.

“Local residents, families and current and former councillors get involved to clear up after others. It would be wonderful if the precedent they set served to prevent people from littering and consequently damaging the local environment for residents and the wildlife that inhabits the area.”

In normal circumstances, the Little Oakley group meets on the first Sunday of the month, typically at the village refuse site at 10.30am. We’ll let you know when they’re able to start collecting again as they always welcome additional volunteers should anyone be interested in turning up to offer their help on the day.