LITTER-PICKING voluntary group, Earley Adopt a Street Initiative (EASI), is looking for new volunteers to help keep local streets and open spaces litter-free.

EASI, which was set up in 2010, is thought to be one of the largest volunteer litter-picking groups in the UK with 319 volunteers.

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After reviewing its volunteer lists over the summer, the EASI committee has identified six streets that need ‘adopting’ so that all of the Earley district is covered.

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These include: Bridges Grove, London Rd South between The Drive and the Mosque; Sibson; Copperdale Close; Richman Close and Harcourt Drive.

Nicolette Evans, EASI committee member, said: “Our volunteers have told us that the amount of litter they’re picking now is much less than a few years ago and we know that EASI is influencing this – people are much more reluctant to drop litter in clean areas.

“A few of our volunteers have moved away recently, so we’re really keen to take on some new people so we can have the whole area covered.”

Volunteers help as and when they can and are supplied with all the equipment they need, including hi-vis jackets, gloves and litter-picking sticks.

For more information or to get involved email: or go to the EASI Facebook page ‘EASI Litter Pickers – Earley’.