Volunteers help lead the way in battle against litter-bugs

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 June 2015

Members of Dera Sacha Sauda help clear an alleyway near Highbury Gardens, Seven Kings

Members of Dera Sacha Sauda help clear an alleyway near Highbury Gardens, Seven Kings


An army of spiritual volunteers have cleared more than 11 tonnes of rubbish dumped in an alleyway.

About 50 members of Dera Sacha Sauda – an international spiritual movement from India – got to work in an alleyway off Highbury Gardens, Seven Kings, which has become strewn with bricks, tiles, beds and sofas.

Some had travelled from as far as Cardiff and Birmingham to help the clean-up effort on Sunday.

The group, which has carried out a number of cleaning projects in the borough, wants to encourage residents to look after their surroundings and not rely on the council to clean up after them.

Group organiser, Ankur Jain, 30, of Dryden Close, Hainault, said: “We believe in doing good for humanity and for the last two years have been helping the council clean up parts of the borough.

“We’re trying to motivate people to do the same and clean their own surroundings. The council can only do so much. If everyone took responsibility there would be no mess.”

Four van loads of rubbish was cleared in a record time of just two hours.

The group also took part in a street clean earlier this month, sweeping and clearing 20 streets around Hunter Road, Ilford and have another planned in July.

“I would like to thank the volunteers from Dera Sacha Sauda UK and giving us an opportunity to make a difference in making Redbridge greener,” Ankur added.

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