Communities are gearing up to Clean Up Yorkshire

Pinders Heath Residents Association litter pickers with councillors Ros Lund and Olivia Rowley . Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/36a
Pinders Heath Residents Association litter pickers with councillors Ros Lund and Olivia Rowley . Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/36a
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COMMUNITY GROUPS across Yorkshire have responded to a call for action to put a stop to the region’s litter blight.

On Saturday we revealed how keeping the region’s streets clean of rubbish is costing £77m a year - and launched our new campaign to get our readers to Clean Up Yorkshire, holding litter picks throughout June.

In Wakefield, members of Pinders Heath Residents Association, which has held cleans up on their estate over the last three years, will hold two litter picks as part of the Clean Up Yorkshire campaign next month, on Wednesday June 10 and Sunday June 21. The group was given a £1,000 grant from Wakefield Council to fund litter picking equipment and bulbs, and also received bin bags and high-vis vests from the Campaign to protect Rural England (CPRE), partners in the Clean Up Yorkshire Campaign. They regularly collect a dozen bags of rubbish at a time.

Group chairman Peter Fenlon said: “From a financial point of view, if the area looks presentable, the value of your house goes up, but there’s a sense of satisfaction as well in the sense of community it fosters. If you clear away the litter, people will drop less. We’d love to see more people involved.”

That sense of community was evident in Chapeltown last weekend, when ward councillors were joined by police officers, Leeds Council’s environmental services team and volunteers for a litter pick.

Coun Jane Dowson has been organising the picks for ten years, and will be hosting another next month as part of Clean Up Yorkshire. The area sees a lot of fly-tipping, as well as general litter dropped by people on the streets.

She said: “It costs Leeds a small fortune to clean up - and the problem is, if you don’t clean up, people will feel they can drops things as well.”

Elsewhere in the city, the Clean Up Pudsey group will be meeting outside New Pudsey rail station ticket office at 1.30pm on Sunday June 14, and Litter-Free Guiseley will be collecting every Sunday.

In the East Riding, Rawcliffe Rubbish Riders will meet on the village green at 10am on Saturday June 13.

Parish councillor David McKenna, who organises the group, said: “If you’ve even driven down a rural road, you will see the amounts of rubbish dropped evident. When someone has finished eating or drinking, they simply throw the container out of their car window. People just don’t seem to care. We do it to take pride in our area.”

Managing editor of The Yorkshire Post, Nicola Furbisher, said: “We’ve seen a fantastic response to our call for action since we launched Clean Up Yorkshire - but we want to hear about more groups, schools, and workplaces doing their bit and organising a litter pick next month.”

For a full list of clean ups so far, and for information on getting involved, log on to the Clean Up Yorkshire section on www.yorkshirepost.co.uk

Get involved

The Clean Up Yorkshire campaign will see groups across the region holds litter picks throughout June.

The Yorkshire Post will help to publicise your event, and how much you have collected. Send the details of your litter pick, photographs of you in action and the total number of bags collected to hannah.start@ypn.co.uk. We’re asking schools to organise collections too. Let us know what you have planned.

Click here for a list of litter picks organised for Clean Up Yorkshire.