Clean Up Yorkshire begins

South Milford Clean Team took part in a litter pick on Saturday for Clean Up Yorkshire.
South Milford Clean Team took part in a litter pick on Saturday for Clean Up Yorkshire.
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Community Groups are throwing their weight behind the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Clean Up Yorkshire campaign, clearing bags of litter from our streets, parks and public spaces.

A litter pick took place in South Milford at the weekend, with more planned in the coming days and weeks as our readers respond to a call for action.

Last month, we revealed how the region is spending £77m a year cleaning up our streets, and we launched Clean Up Yorkshire to encourage community groups, businesses and individuals to hold litter picks throughout June and clear hundreds of bags of litter.

South Milford Clean Team cleared litter from the streets around South Milford on Saturday. Chairman Edward French said the group, which has been collecting for around ten years, cleared bags full of plastic, cans and packets that had been thrown from cars.

He said: “We find that the more we collect, the less is dropped. The amount of litter has dropped significancy since we started.”

The group meet outside the Primary School at 9.30am on the first Saturday of the month.

Tomorrow, Pinders Heath Residents Association will be collecting on the Wakefield estate from 10am, and this Sunday, volunteers from Tadcaster Litter Collectors will be in the town centre tidying up.

Group member David March said “The problems created by the litter blighting our country are not only aesthetic but cause untold problems in the environment with most of this litter, such as plastic drink bottles, eventually working its way into the water courses and eventually into our oceans.”