Staff at Norse Group locations up and down the country have taken part in a voluntary mass litter pick as part of the company’s first-ever Norse Tidy Up.

The event saw more than 70 office workers and managers from Norse locations in Norwich, Barnsley, Havant, Gorleston and Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Gressenhall in Norfolk, donning high viz jackets and using litter pickers to collect over 50 bags of rubbish discarded by litterbugs.

Arrangements were made for any hazardous waste found by the teams to be collected by contractors.

Staff in Barnsley cleaned up a local recreation ground and there was a litter pick at recreation grounds in Gorleston and Great Yarmouth by staff from local offices. Staff in Havant tidied up a coastal path, serving Hayling Island on Monday (Sept 18).

The biggest event was in Norwich last Friday (September 15) where 23 staff, including Norse Group Managing Director Mike Britch, Norse Commercial Services Group Director of Building and FM Nick Maddox and Tricia Fuller, Group HR Director, tidied rubbish found along a route stretching from Norse Commercial Service’s Fifers Lane headquarters to the streets surrounding Norwich International Airport.

Group Managing Director Mike Britch said the event was a big success and hoped the Norse Tidy Up will become an annual feature of the Group’s Norse Way corporate social responsibility initiative, which encourages staff to play a positive part in local communities.

He said:

“We are very much part of the communities we serve and encouraging office staff and managers to give up their time to collect litter is just one of the ways we can make a difference. The Norse Tidy Up is a logical extension to our work to make the environment a key part of our agenda as we reduce our energy consumption over time.”

Dean Wetteland, Managing Director of Norse Commercial Services, added:

“The actions of an irresponsible minority who discard litter can sometimes be a real blight on our communities. As a company with a strong social conscience, we were delighted to arrange the first Norse Tidy Up and get office staff out doing their bit to improve the appearance of locations around the country.”