Pickers out in force to clean up our city

Tadcaster Litter Collectors in action.
Tadcaster Litter Collectors in action.
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PILES OF litter have been cleared from the city’s streets as part of the YEP’s Clean Up Yorkshire campaign - but we still need you to get involved.

Volunteers across Leeds have responded to our call to take action and organise community clean-ups throughout this month.

The Clean Up Yorkshire campaign encourages readers to organise litter picks throughout June.

The Clean Up Yorkshire campaign encourages readers to organise litter picks throughout June.

Six members of Tadcaster Litter Collectors spent two hours cleaning the main street on Sunday, where the majority of rubbish was cigarette ends.

David March, one of the volunteers, said: “We have regular litter picks and are hoping to hold the next one in two weeks. We hope to see even more volunteers on the next one as, obviously, the more people who muck in, the bigger difference we can make.”

Elsewhere across the city, Newton Futures held a “highly successful” litter pick in Chapeltown, collecting more than ten bags of rubbish. The group of ten neighbours have been collecting rubbish on a regular basis, with the support of Leeds Council, which provides picking tools and bags, for five or six years.

Organiser Sue Ball said: “New neighbours joined in, and together we got the job done.”

Tadcaster Litter Collectors in action.

Tadcaster Litter Collectors in action.

The campaign is also continuing to gather pace as more and more groups get involved.

Wyke Beck Valley Friends Association, a group of volunteers who regularly litter pick from Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam following the beck, are planning a collection on Friday June 19.

It will start at 10am and they are meeting at Arthur’s Rein just off Easterly Road where they will be clearing the beck with the help of a local ranger.

In Wakefield, Pinders Heath Residents Association will be collecting next Wednesday, June 21. Meet at 10am on the communal green on the estate.

We need your help too. If you want to get involved tell us about your plans, send us pictures and also let us know how it went.

Email hannah.start@jpress.co.uk or tweet @leedsnews #cleanupyorks

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