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‘Litter Heroes’ collected 150 bags of rubbish during Great British Spring Clean

From car exhausts and chairs to a golf club and even underpants, more than 150 bags of rubbish were collected during litter picks across the Malvern Hills district.

As part of the Great British Spring Clean Campaign, Malvern Hills District Council worked with various partners during March and April to recruit nearly 200 #LitterHeroes (including more than 60 children and young people) to tackle the district’s litter louts.

Litter picks were held at Malvern Link, Earls and Hill Croome, Alfrick, Barnards Green, Hanley Castle , Leigh and Bransford, Little Witley, Guarlford, Tenbury, Longdon, Newland, Great Witley and Sherrards Green. 

The Council led two picks and supported others by providing litter picking equipment to organisations including parish councils, The Malvern Hills Trust, scout groups, primary and high schools and a group from overseas who were looking to carry out some community work.

The Great British Spring Clean Campaign, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, saw half a million people take action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

In total for 2019, over 1.1 million hours were dedicated to the campaign, with 17,097 clean-ups held and 957,377 bags of litter collected - that's 239,344 wheelie bins full of rubbish or 4,308 tonnes worth.

Cllr John Raine, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “It is great to see so many volunteers come together and make the Malvern Hills district proud. We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the world, however, there is still a minority of thoughtless individuals who continue to blight it by littering. Organising regular litter picks helps to ensure that our wonderful surroundings remain unspoiled for everyone's benefit.”