Spalding school fills 20-plus bags in half-hour blitz of neighbouring streets
A half-hour blitz around streets neighbouring Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School netted more than 20 bags of litter.
Organised by deputy head teacher Hannah Turner, the Big Clean involved pupils, staff, governors and parents.
The trawl proved a real eye opener on the extent of the litter problem in Spalding.
Year 4 pupil Kian said: “It was great that we got the whole community together.
“We collected so much litter in just half an hour but I was appalled by how much litter was out there.
“I think we should do this more often.”
The bulk of the litter collected was made up of drinks cans, plastic bottles, cigarette packets and cigarette butts.
Spalding businessman Ian Haynes, the school’s vice chairman of governors, began his own war on litter in January.
He has organised litter picks on the streets - and clean-ups on the River Welland with the help of Spalding Water Taxi - as well as persuading the district council to do more.
Ian said adults and children taking part in the school’s Big Clean split into small groups so they could cover as wide an area as possible around the school, including Pennygate, Monks House Lane, Monks House Playing Field, Pilgrim’s Way and Chaucer’s Way.
He said: "Everyone went off from the school gates in different directions.
“It was a great initiative and engaged the pupils who also completed a litter pick with the Eco Club earlier in the day.”
The litter-picking bug caught on with members of the public, as year 5 pupil Cheryl explained: “It was good as other people at the park came over to me and put litter in my bag.”
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