The Litter Ninja is Emily Curtis, a young resident from Newport Road in Newbury, who attends Falkland Primary School.
Emily, who has been collecting rubbish in the area in her free time for a number of months, realised that there weren’t enough bins for the litter she collected in the area to be thrown away.
She contacted her local Councillor, Tony Stretton, for a new litter bin to be installed at River Walk, Newbury. The Town Council have refurbished an existing bin and installed it for the public to use.
She is very pleased with the new bin saying, “The litter in the river and around the pathways was really upsetting so I decided I needed to do something to help.” Emily’s mum, Maria Curtis is very proud of her daughter, “She has even set up a Facebook Page called ‘The Litter Revolution with Litter Ninja’ to encourage others and her friends at school to keep their local area tidy”.
Cllr Tony Stretton said, “It is a reminder to everyone that Councillors represent all residents, no matter how old they are and Emily has demonstrated that young people can make a difference and get things done by contacting their local Councillor.”
Cllr Adrian Edwards, Leader of the Council said, “Emily must be commended for her hard work clearing litter at River Walk. She is a credit to young people and can teach us grown-ups a thing or two about community spirit. I would personally like to say a huge ‘thank you; to Emily for all her hard work.”
Emily was presented with a new litter picker by the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Margo Payne at the unveiling of the new bin.