Sykes secures U-turn on free bags for Oldham’s valiant litter-pickers

After an exchange of emails, Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Howard Sykes MBE has secured a U-turn in Council policy over the provision of free bin bags from the Council to the borough’s volunteer litter-pickers.

Councillor Sykes said: “I am delighted that common sense has finally prevailed. It was crazy for a Council not to provide free bin bags to members of the public who in their own time are ‘doing their bit’ to help keep our borough clean.”

Councillor Sykes made his request for free bags on behalf of one of his constituents and her friend: “My constituent has been going out with her friend to collect rubbish, but after running out of bin bags was told they had to pay for their own as the Council was ‘unable to provide any bags’ whilst its policy on litter picks is under review.

Howard Sykes, countryside

“Fortunately a swift review followed my email and this led to a change of heart and our wonderful local litter-pickers will now at least be able to access free bags and pickers to help them in their work.”

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