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Edward Harriss finds fly-tipped car dashboard in Crowland and hopes to set up community litter picks



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A town litter picker has been sparked into action after finding a fly-tipped car dashboard in a ditch.

Edward Harriss (22) found the disposed vehicle part last month near the Tansley & Son farm barns in Crowland.

He also filled a black bin bag with the likes of pizza boxes, cigarettes and tin cans while scanning parts of the A1073.

Edward Harriss found a car dashboard when he was litter picking in Crowland (57268664)
Edward Harriss found a car dashboard when he was litter picking in Crowland (57268664)

Now, he has been inspired to get the town’s residents involved in community litter picks.

Mr Harriss said: “I was absolutely shocked, to be perfectly honest.

“I looked in the ditch and I thought it was a bin to start with, because it was big, it was round, plastic and had a great big hole in it.

Edward Harriss found a car dashboard when he was litter picking in Crowland (57359524)
Edward Harriss found a car dashboard when he was litter picking in Crowland (57359524)

“The next thing I know I’m hauling this thing out and it’s a great big flaming car dashboard - and I’m thinking to myself, ‘what lengths have people gone through to get rid of rubbish?’”

Mr Harriss, who has lived in Crowland all his life, believes the current level of littering is the worst he has seen.

He said that having specific days for certain types of rubbish disposal at local tips can contribute to the problem.

“My dad had all the right materials when he went down to the Spalding tip, but they said he couldn’t come in because it wasn’t a trailer day,” he added.

“It’s stuff like that, especially over the course of lockdown, that I think is frustrating people more and more.

“They’re getting so frustrated that they’re just chucking stuff out the car window a lot more, or driving to a specific quiet spot and throwing rubbish.

“It has got noticeably worse. Obviously as a kid I wouldn’t really notice that kind of thing, but it’s definitely got progressively worse in recent years.”

Mr Harriss has now called for Crowland residents to join him in litter picks throughout the town - which he says will ‘bring people together’.

He plans to set a date later this month, and has urged anyone looking to get involved to message him on Facebook.

While accepting it may be an easier option to dump rubbish rather than dispose of it properly, he has urged people to think about the environment.

“It really isn’t that hard to do. It’s doing everyone a favour and makes the towns around us look better as well,” he said.

“It may be easy, but it is polluting the ground. So please do this planet a favour, do the right thing and either keep your litter in the car until you find a bin or until you get home.

“By doing the smallest of things, you’re actually making quite a big difference.”



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