A voluntary litter picking group in the Great Ness and Little Ness areas of Shropshire has been praised for their efforts to clear rubbish and keep the area clean and tidy.

Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom:

Members from the Great Mess to Little Mess community group pick litter weekly, and sometimes daily.

The group is chaired by Jim Diggory, and includes Claire Dickinson, Alison Mullis and her two children Althea and George (pictured). Other litter pickers go out alone, often whilst walking their dogs.

Claire Dickinson says:

“In just over an hour, the community litter pickers are known to collect about 28 big bin bags of litter, from the Nesscliffe Country Park and surrounding lanes.  It is an astonishing amount.  The keenest topic of conversation is what is the most unusual object of the day. A discarded chair, a spade, a pair of underpants!  More typical are glass and plastic bottles and detritus discarded from cyclists and users of fast food outlets.”

When enough aluminium cans have been gathered, they are weighed and sold, eventually raising about £100 each time.  This money is then put to good use for planting up bulbs and supporting other community projects.

The volunteers say they are looking forward to the county’s new recycling wheelie bins being used in the area, as they will reduce the amount of windblown litter on recycling days, meaning there is less rubbish to pick up.

Quoted from Shropshire Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Great Ness and Little Ness volunteer litter pickers praised for efforts – Shropshire Council Newsroom

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot