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Wybone helps out Wakefield Councils’ #LitterPickMeUp scheme

August 24, 2021

Wybone helps out Wakefield Councils’ #LitterPickMeUp scheme

“Wybone have been amazing to work with throughout this project. We told them our exact needs and they gave us some great (but also really fun) solutions – which will hopefully help with the long term problem of litter we have in the district.”

Joelle Allen, Communications & Campaign Officer

Wakefield Council reached out to us in June looking for fun bins as well as litter picking stations that could be eye-catching and customised to fit in with their well-established #LitterPickMeUp Campaign, the campaign encourages everyone to take personal responsibility for litter, and also celebrates the amazing contribution of volunteers who do litter picking in their local area.

With large numbers of people taking advantage of their local parks and green spaces, Wakefield Council have seen an increase in litter collection and decided to run a pilot project focusing on the issue of litter in one of Wakefield’s biggest & most popular parks – Thornes Park.

Working closely with our sales reps Wakefield Council decided that a mixture of the Parks Bin and Goal Bin would be perfect for them. The Parks Bin is a split bin with a liner and apertures to one side and includes a space for a full litter clean up kit to the other side. The segregated bin means that volunteers can easily gain access to the equipment they require to help keep their parks and green spaces clean. The addition of the Goal Bin adds a fun element to the park with a novel football net to encourage children and adults to correctly dispose of their litter.

One of the main features they were looking for was customisability so that the units could clearly represent the campaign, this was a requirement we could easily fulfil as we have our own in-house vinyl printer so it was simply a case of the council supplying us the artwork and we printed, finished & applied the vinyl panels to the units.

Another key aspect was timeframe, Wakefield Council were hosting a launch event on the 28th July, so there was no time to delay. Thanks to our amazing production department who work tirelessly to make sure all orders go out despite the current difficulties faced, and one of our sales representatives who personally delivered the bins, we managed to get the bins to them on time!

Speaking to Siobhan Dransfield, Communications and Campaigns Manager for Wakefield Council, about the bins she says “People love the designs – they are very eye-catching and immediately look like part of our well-established campaign. We hope that they will be valued and looked after by visitors to the park, but most importantly we want them to be used!”

If the pilot scheme in Thornes Park is successful, Wakefield Council would like to roll it out in other locations. There are already plans to trial it at Pugneys Country Park in the autumn. Success would mean children learning from a young age to use the nearest bin, and that it’s important to protect our parks and care for them (which is why they wanted the fun bins in particular) and people taking advantage of the free litter picking equipment that they can borrow from the litter picking stations. If everyone starts their own #litterpickmeup Wakefield district’s beautiful parks can be enjoyed not just now, but for years to come.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our bespoke design service, or want to chat to one of our sales representatives about how we can help you fulfil your litter/recycling needs, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01226 352333 or email us at hello@wybone.co.uk.