Whittlesey: Muck squad haul met with mixed feelings

The Whittlesea Street Pride Group hit the streets. Photo supplied

The Whittlesea Street Pride Group hit the streets. Photo supplied


From a false leg to a roadside lay-by overflowing with filthy debris, nothing phases the volunteers who have cleared tens of thousands of kilograms of rubbish.

The Whittlesea Street Pride Group have binned an incredible 30,000 kilograms of rubbish, after eight years clearing the streets.

More than 40 volunteers have toured Whittlesey’s highways and waterways since 2008, mucking in to remove everything from chip trays to dumped shopping trolleys and tyres.

Drivers are blamed for causing the area’s worst grot spot, at the Kings Delph layby, said Street Pride chairman Roy Gerstner.

He said: “We’ve had nearly six tonnes of rubbish out of that layby alone now.

“It’s never ending there, you can’t see a light at the end of that tunnel, but we keep working at it and we’re not going to walk away from it.

“The total of 30,000 kilograms is a phenomenal amount of rubbish, especially when you know the majority of it was pieces of paper, drinks cans, polystyrene cups and food wrappers.

“We’re a great little group and we’re quite proud of what we’ve achieved since we formed eight years ago.

“If we treated it too seriously you tend to get a little bit depressed about the rubbish that can cause harm to people, animals and the environment.

“One of the strangest things we’ve ever found is a false leg.

New members are always welcome to join the team and be kited out with gloves, high visibility vests and litter-picking sticks, said Roy.

He said: “We all believe that a clean area discourages graffiti, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

“30,000 kilograms is a sorry landmark to have reached, but had we not have removed the vast amount we have collected, it would have been left to blight our environment.”

The volunteers have already removed 235 bags of rubbish this year and invite everyone to join upcoming litter picks on May 4 and 18, June 1, 15, 19 and 22.

Visit http://whittleseastreetpride.wordpress.com for more details.




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