Communities have thrown their weight behind The Yorkshire Post’s Clean Up Yorkshire campaign, clearing bags of litter from our streets, parks and public spaces.
Litter picks took place in Scarborough, Leeds and Malton at the weekend, with more planned in the coming days and weeks as readers respond to a call for action. Last month, we revealed how the region is spending £77m a year cleaning up our streets, and launched Clean Up Yorkshire to encourage community groups, businesses and individuals to hold litter picks throughout June.
In North Yorkshire on Saturday, South Milford Clean Team cleared litter from the streets around South Milford, near Leeds. Chairman Edward French said the group, which has been collecting for around ten years, cleared bags full of plastic bottles, 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.”
Malton and Norton Tidy Group held their monthly litter pick on Sunday as part of the Clean Up Yorkshire campaign. Six bags of rubbish was cleared from a 1,200 metre stretch of York Road, one of the main entrances to Malton, that had been cleared by the group just two weeks earlier.
Also on Sunday in Scarborough, the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery volunteers cleared 12 bags of litter.
Chairman of the Friends, Jan Cleary, said: “Our volunteers work really hard in the cemetery on the first Sunday of every month, and picking up litter is a big part of what we do. Keeping the cemetery clear of litter reduces the amount dropped, but we’d love it if people always used the bins.”
In Sharrow, Sheffield, volunteers collected 12 bags of litter.
In the next week, litter picks are planned in Doncaster, Pudsey, Pickering, Wakefield, and Rawcliffe.
On 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.”
Mr March also organises quarterly beach cleans at Robin Hood’s Bay for the Marine Conservation Society and there is one planned on June 21.
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• In partnership with the Yorkshire Post’s Clean Up Yorkshire campaign, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has launched a petition to call for local councils to be extended the right to fine the registered keeper of a vehicle spotted littering, to ensure the crime is punished.
In 2014, the Government approved the necessary legislation but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has delayed producing the required regulations for over a year.
The petition calls on new Environment Secretary Liz Truss to put an end to delays and make sure councils know how to implement the new laws, which were agreed in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act a year ago.
To view or sign the petition visit you.38degrees.org.uk/p/litterfromvehicles