Chorley Council celebrating bin men with children's colouring and sunflower-growing competition

Artistic and green-fingered Chorley children are celebrating our bin men by taking part in a new creative challenge.

By Laura Longworth
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 7:00 am

Chorley Council and its waste and recycling partner, FCC Environment, has launched a colourful competition, Let’s Spread Some Sunshine.

The campaign aims to bring the community even further together by encouraging children to pick up their pens, pencils, crayons and paints to make more colourful pictures for their local bin and street cleansing crews, who are classed as key workers. In return, they will receive sunflower seeds that they can grow to bring a splash of colour to their homes during the lockdown.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, Executive member of Chorley Council (customer, advice and Streetscene services), said: “It has been great to see all the messages of support over the last couple of months. I know that the crews really appreciate them while they have been working so hard.

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Chorley Council celebrating bin men with children's colouring and sunflower-growing competition.

"This latest campaign is all about getting residents involved even more with something creative and light-hearted during a time that has been difficult for everyone. We look forward to seeing all the creations and hopefully residents will share photos of their growing sunflowers with us.”

Chorley crews from FCC Environment have been working tirelessly on the front lines during lock-down by continuing to collect household waste across our streets and neighbourhoods. The team has been overwhelmed by numerous warm handwritten notes and drawings left on their bins by residents and children over the past few weeks.

FCC Environment is now looking to boost this community spirit by sharing a drawing for children to colour in. Alternatively, they can draw their own picture and leave it on their bin on the next collection day. In turn, the bin crew will leave a packet of seeds for children to grow as part of a community-wide competition to grow the tallest sunflower. The winner will receive a £100 voucher for a family day out after lockdown.

Mark Kirk, FCC Environment’s North-West area manager, said: “We are delighted to kick off this contest for children and residents of Chorley. For the last month or so, our team has received an overwhelming number of warm messages and good wishes from the community. It is now our turn to share the support during this difficult time. We are grateful for this opportunity to engage with the community we work in further and we look forward to seeing the drawings and enjoying the sunflowers.”