Litter picking equipment has been placed in libraries across Sheffield to encourage more people to help clean the streets.

Sheffield City Council has partnered with highway contractor Amey to provide the equipment to 12 libraries in the city.

Councillor Joe Otten, Chair of the Waste and Street Scene Policy Committee at Sheffield City Council, said: “This initiative is a positive step in growing and supporting our volunteer litter picking groups and harnessing the pride that Sheffield residents already have in their local areas.

“We all want to live in clean and attractive areas and by providing litter picking equipment in multiple locations across the city, we can ensure those who want to make a difference can do so easily, with the proper equipment.”

Sheffield City Council decided on this initiative following feedback from community groups such as Sheffield Litter Pickers, who suggested that if equipment was more available, it would be easier to get more people to volunteer to help.

Linda Ball of Sheffield Litter Pickers said: “We are delighted that the public will be able to access litter picking equipment from participating libraries.

“Anyone wanting to be active in their communities can do so – it is satisfying and rewarding to make a difference, and all efforts to keep our city clean are much appreciated. We’d like to say a very big thank you to Sheffield Libraries.”

For more information from Sheffield City Council, click here.