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Volunteer litter-pickers collect 60 sackfuls of rubbish in Aldborough Hatch spring clean

PUBLISHED: 17:04 02 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:04 02 April 2018

Redbridge Council provided the rubbish sacks for the Aldborough Hatch spring clean. Picture: Ron Jeffries

Redbridge Council provided the rubbish sacks for the Aldborough Hatch spring clean. Picture: Ron Jeffries

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Bottles, beer cans, fast food wrappers, plastic bags, nappies and tins were just a few of the items of litter found by some 30 volunteers who took part in the Great British Spring Clean of Aldborough Hatch on Saturday.

Vodka bottles outnumbered the beer and soft drinks containers by five to one!

The ditches skirting the farmland in Aldborough Road North and Oaks Lane were cleared by a team whose ages ranged from four to 85.

Among the volunteers were Aldborough ward councillors Wes Streeting and Debbie Kaur-Thiera. The other ward councillor, John Howard, had a previous engagement so his mother, Jackie Howard, took his place, clearing the Shrubberies in Spearpoint Gardens.

Here Jackie suspected a gas leak and alerted the authorities, who were quickly on the scene to sort it out.

Hot drinks, cakes and biscuits were served to the volunteers during the morning from St Peter’s Church Halls.

Later in the day a resident who walks her dog regularly on Bridleway 93 wrote: “A huge thank you to all who worked so hard this morning to clear all the rubbish from the parish. The walk alongside the church is a pleasure now that we don’t have to look at the bottles, cans, waste paper, etc. Thanks again.”

Another resident, who spotted two of our youngest litter-pickers down a ditch, gave them £10 for church funds as a thank you.

Jenny Chalmers, chairman of Aldborough Hatch Defence Association, who organised the event, said: “Some people seem to think it is acceptable to throw their take-away cartons, drinks bottles, nappies and sweet wrappers on the ground with no respect for the area.

“We are grateful to the volunteers who worked on a cold morning to make Aldborough Hatch a pleasant place in which to live.

“Thanks to Redbridge Council who supplied litter-pickers and bags, and collected the 60 sacks the same day.”

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