Volunteer Litter Champions

Council Chair launches Litter Champions programme

18th August 2020

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council recently launched the “Litter Champion” scheme, a new initiative which will allow individuals to register as Council Volunteers to help keep local public places cleaner and more vibrant.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to a cleaner, greener, and more vibrant District. The Council currently undertakes a programme of cleansing to deal with litter, dumping, and fly tipping across the District each year. In the current year, it is estimated that the cost of this programme will be in the around £1.9 million.  

Speaking about the new scheme, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Chris Smyth said, “I am delighted to launch this new initiative aimed at encouraging our residents to work in partnership with the Council to ensure that our district remains a vibrant and attractive place to work, live and visit. It will provide support for people to volunteer within their local communities to keep public places tidy.  While our cleansing teams do a fantastic job in keeping the District tidy, a fact widely recognised regionally, given the district’s regular successes in competitions such as the Best Kept awards and Ulster In Bloom, the Council greatly appreciates when individuals and communities offer their support to help maintain and improve our District through volunteering.” 

By supporting local litter collecting events, residents of the district can play a positive role in improving and protecting the environment by formally registering either in small family/friend groups or as part of larger community/sporting organisations.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will provide registered volunteers with the necessary equipment and advice on litter picking, and will collect bagged rubbish left in designated areas once the litter pick of the area is finished.

By registering you are also supporting the Council by gathering valuable data on the amount/type of rubbish and problem areas, as well as helping us to promote cleaner communities.

Live Here Love Here, through the Adopt A Spot programme, have linked with the scheme. 

Live Here Love Here, managed by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, empowers people to improve our local environment and to build a sense of pride in our local communities. Through a number of programmes such as BIG Spring Clean and the Small Grants Scheme, it creates an active society where everyone has a role in protecting our communities and the people who live there.

For further information on the “Adopt a Spot programme, please visit www.liveherelovehere.org.  

For more information on the “Litter Champion” scheme, please visit the Council website at www.fermanaghomagh.com, contact the Council by telephone on 0300 303 1777 or email litter.champion@fermanaghomagh.com