Sirius Minerals staff tackle litter problem

Staff from Sirius Minerals have teamed up with a local social enterprise to address the issue of litter in the countryside around Whitby.

A group from the company recently spent an afternoon collecting litter from the roadside of the B1416, close to the Woodsmith Mine site. Moving forward Sirius will work with a team of young people from North Yorkshire Skill Mill, a Social Enterprise that provides training and employment opportunities for young people, to keep the road verges around the area tidy.

“Litter dropping is a notorious problem in the area, particularly in the summer months during the tourism season,” said Gareth Edmunds, External Affairs Director for Sirius. “The extent of the problem was confirmed by the fact that we collected a total of forty bags in just one afternoon, which horrified our team, most of whom live locally and are very proud of the area.”

Sirius recently announced that they contributed funding of over £200,000 to the North York Moors National Park in 2017 for landscape, ecology and environmental improvement projects. This is part of a £130 million pledge, as part of their planning permission, to mitigate and offset the impact of the mine construction, which is into its second year.

Similar clean up operations will continue to take place across various locations close to all of the Sirius Minerals sites with the help of the staff and young people at the Skill Mill.

David Parks, Director of the Skill Mill commented: “The Skill Mill offers a real opportunity for young people to access the world of work and can help to improve their life chances. Working in partnership with companies like Sirius can really help us to impact their lives in a positive way, enabling them to gain valuable experience in a real working environment”.

For more information about the Skill Mill, please visit https://www.theskillmill.org/

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