Deputy Principal Phil Hall, who joined staff and students in the clean-up, said: “Picking up litter is a quick and instantly gratifying way to make a difference to the environment and our local area. The litter-pick was well received by local residents who came out to speak with us and thank us for the initiative.
“Havering Council do a lot of work to keep our streets clean but with budgets being cut dramatically over the last couple of years, they have a difficult job. The college is a big part of the Hornchurch and Upminster Bridge community and we wanted to support efforts to keep our local area clean.”
Councillor Gerry O’Sullivan said: “It was a pleasure being with so many students working on behalf of the community. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who volunteered.”
Student Council President Tymek Rutkowski said: “We need to help save our planet and we need a clean and safe environment for the next generations to come.”
Emma Wood, Senior Safeguarding and Enrichment Manager, said: “Initiatives such as this litter-pick can increase the sense of pride that people feel about the community in which they live or travel to and we also found that the fresh air and exercise was enjoyed by everyone who took part.”
She added: “We are planning to make this a regular activity and everyone is welcome to join us.”