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Kier continues the fight against litter in Essex
Repairs and maintenance provider, Kier, has joined forces with a local school to raise awareness of littering in the town of Harlow, Essex. By Supplying Passmore Academy (from Channel 4 TV's 'Educating Essex') with equipment for a recent community day, Kier aims to reaffirm its commitment to the environment.
Harlow Council currently spends near to £2m a year on picking up litter; removing fly-tips, graffiti and fly-posting; street sweeping, and cleaning street furniture - services provided by Kier Harlow. Kier got involved in the Passmore project after being contacted by the Academy about the community day, which involved pupils litter picking, asking if they could provide pickers, bags and gloves.
"We were very pleased to help Passmore Academy by providing them with the equipment," says Kier Operations Director, John Phillips. "Kier prides itself in its ability to engage with the communities it serves and this was a perfect way to build a relationship with a local institution and to spread these important environmental messages to young people."
Passmore Academy Principal's PA, Sheila Sumsion, says: "Without the help and support of the business community in Harlow, our young people would not be given the opportunity to learn what is like to be an active citizen striving to make the place they live better. We are incredibly grateful to Kier for its support on this vital day in our calendar and we look forward to working even more closely with even more young people next year."
Kier Harlow is a joint venture arrangement between Harlow Council and Kier and provides services to more than 10,000 council properties. The contractor recently employed a new environmental enforcement officer and deployed a team of five hand-operated barrow beat sweepers to target litter and rubbish in hotspot areas around the town.
Kier also committed to providing local hospice St Clare's with 240 wheelie bins to hold goodie bags that were handed out at its 'Back to the 80s' midnight walk on held in June.
Kier Services, part of Kier, is a specialist provider of public and private sector services, offering both single services and multi-disciplinary outsourcing throughout the UK. It delivers a range of services from planned and reactive housing maintenance, facilities management, strategic asset management, utility services, environmental and recycling services, highways and street lighting services and fleet services.
24th July 2014