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Cockermouth Starbucks and Allerdale Borough Council launch litter-picking scheme

[O]n Tuesday 11 July the team based at the Starbucks store in Cockermouth, operated with Euro Garages, carried out their first litter pick in partnership with Allerdale Borough Council.

In a pledge to keep the local area clean and free of rubbish, Starbucks have arranged for two staff to volunteer time every month to help keep the local area clean and free of litter.

Led by Store Manager Amber Blanchfield, the team of volunteers travelled from the store at Oakhurst Services to the town centre, clearing the streets of litter along the way. As the area becomes busier over the summer months, the monthly litter pick will ensure the town is looking its best for residents and visitors. Starbucks and its franchise partner Euro Garages have also displayed more signs to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish in a responsible way.

Councillor Joan Ellis, Executive Member at Allerdale Borough Council and Councillor for the Christchurch ward in Cockermouth, said: “A handful of concerned residents in Cockermouth had contacted me about the amount of litter along the road, some of which had come from Starbucks.

“We decided to meet with the team to discuss our options, and I am delighted that they have agreed to help us in keeping the town an attractive and welcoming place.”

Amber Blanchfield, Starbucks Cockermouth Store Manager, said: “We’re really proud to be part of the Cockermouth community and are committed to making the area cleaner for everyone. Our volunteers really enjoyed today’s litter pick and we’re looking forward to working with the local council to ensure the scheme is carried on and makes a difference to people living in and visiting the area.”

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