A group of Waveney young people has joined in the campaign to help reduce the misery, cost, bad smells and potential flooding and pollution caused by avoidable blockages in Lowestoft and Ipswich.

Community charity Groundwork Suffolk, which supports Anglian Water’s Keep It Clear programme, has been engaging with the group on the campaign.

Groundwork Suffolk gave a talk to Waveney Youth Council to engage the students on how to protect our rivers, wildlife and the environment by keeping the sewer system clear from blockages. Waveney Youth Council is supported by The East Suffolk Communities Team comprising of officers from Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and Suffolk County Council.

40,000 blockages occur in Anglian Water’s network annually and two-thirds are caused by build-ups of fat, oil, grease, waste food, sanitary items, and wipes. These items are often not disposed of correctly and instead, they are being flushed down toilets or put down sinks.

Collette Parker, Customer Engagement Manager for the Keep It Clear programme said:

“It’s great that following the talk the students felt motivated to support the campaign. They wanted posters to share with their peers, and thanks to their request, they now have informative posters to display in their schools with reminders of how to correctly dispose of items. Importantly, the key messages of the campaign will now reach students and their families, and raise awareness of the campaign further.”

The schools that attended the Youth Council received free ‘Keep it Clear’ water packs to help keep the pipes and drains clear from fats and unflushables. The packs included sink strainers, gunk pots, bin fresheners and educational leaflets for the school and home.

Councillor Alison Cackett, Waveney District Council said:

“It is great to see the students supporting this important campaign and helping to raise awareness amongst their friends, families and in the wider community of the importance of disposing of waste in the correct way.”

For more information on the Anglian Water Keep It Clear campaign please visit the webpage here: www.keep-it-clear.co.uk