The streets of West Moors have been cleared of more than 20 bags of rubbish in the first litter pick of the year.
Sixteen litter heroes unearthed all kinds of household items and lots of bottles and cans from the local car parks.
A spokesman from the town council said: “It was a shame to see that the New Year did not bring a new attitude for some. However, focusing on the positive, we have some wonderfully supportive people in West Moors, not just those that volunteer but those that do not litter. That is a big help. With people often wanting to make a positive change in their lives at this time of year, anyone wanting to make a difference to the local area can do so easily. Counteract litterbugs by being a litter picker.”
People don’t need to join a group or be on social media. You can get pickers and some blue bags from the council office and go out on your own.
The spokesman said: “If every person in West Moors picked up a few bits of litter each – imagine. Any litter removed from a natural ecosystem helps wildlife and creates a better space for humans too. There is a feel-good side of litter picking. Not just the cleaning up, it connects you with nature and other people, increasing the activity levels and connecting them to others.”
One of the volunteers said: “When you’re out there, you talk to people you would not get to see whilst rushing around in your daily life. You start to talk about the litter, but then you’re having a good old natter.”
Another said: “People thank you for doing what you do, and it makes you feel good about yourself, giving you purpose.”
The town council suggest that people could even take part in plogging – a combination of jogging and litter picking.
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