New environmental champions on the Kingswood estate, Corby, are to help the borough council tackle litter, graffiti and fly-tipping as part of a three-month pilot scheme.
The council launched the scheme on Monday (May 13) with 11 volunteers who will report environmental problems or crimes to the authority.
They will attend community meetings, forums and groups in order to identify problem areas.
Deputy Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Jean Addison, said: “As well as having a positive impact on the environmental quality of the area and building on the continued improvement of their neighbourhood, we hope that the work of the environmental champions will also help reduce people’s tolerance of environmental crime and empower residents to have their say on these issues.
“We would like to thank the environmental champions that have volunteered to take part in the pilot project. Their presence in the community will definitely help us identify issues more effectively, help deter anti-social behaviour and install a stronger community pride in the area, all which will result in a cleaner, greener borough for everyone.”
All the volunteers have been issued with a litter-picker, refuse sacks, gloves, high visibility vest, reporting records and a clipboard and recording sheets.