Students get together to clean Silverdale’s streets

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Posted on 03 March 2011

Students from Keele Environmental Group teamed up with Newcastle Borough Council to tidy the streets of Silverdale in a voluntary litter pick.

Armed with litter picking sticks, bin bags and high visibility vests provided by the council, the student volunteers collected a large amount of litter, leaving the selected route significantly cleaner. The team was spurred on by the positive feedback from passing members of the community.

Scott Reid, of Keele Environmental Group, said: “We were keen to get involved with the litter pick and help to change the local community for the better. This has been a great example of how Keele University and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council can work together.”

Fellow volunteer Hannah Bevins, completing her second litter pick, said: “It’s great that as a university student I can go out into the wider community and make a real difference.”

Keele Environmental Group was set up in the spring of 2010 with the aim of achieving a greener and more sustainable Keele University for all and showing that students can go green and can inspire change.

They have carried out end-of-term collections of unwanted clothes, electrical items, food and recyclables and brought in local charities to collect appropriate items.


For more information about student volunteering at Keele, contact Becky Wardell at or 01782 733626. For more information about Keele Environmental Group, contact Scott Reid at