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July pick

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18 Jul 2021

10:00

Very hot morning, but a good turnout..

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June 2022

Thenusual monthly pick

April\'s haul!

Wide sweep of estate....

March 2022 - new recruits and some resignations.

Whole estate cleaned!

Litter Free Lewes Day

All local groups invited to take part in mass litter pick around town. Afterwards all met at Malling Community Centre for tea, sandwhiches and cakes, compliments of Town Council and Mayor.

Easing of lockdown pick

Invitation to restart our activities after another period of lockdown. A good turn-out with several new recruits resulting in 25 bags of litter collected!

Post Lockdown 2 litter pick

A Sunday morning litter pick of our local area. After a brief period of no litter picks, due to Covid 19 restrictions, we resumed (once again) our activities this morning. Needless to say that after a...

Resumption of litter picking

Following the easing of Covid 19 lockdown measures our group have resumed its activities (with social distancing). Our next scheduled pick is on Sunday 19th July starting at 10 a.m.

February clean-up x 2

Our usual pick is Sunday 16th., but there will be a further opportunity to join our Litter Free Lewes colleagues on Saturday 29th., when they intend clearing the Malling Industrial Estate (meet at Kin...

What's Happening?

Our usual monthly litter pick. Have any other groups noticed that, more and more, we appear to be collecting a lot of Fly-tipped stuff as well as the usual 'litter'. This morning's pick was an exampl...

Environment Agency land...

Our next scheduled litter pick is on Sunday 19th May 2019 from 10 a.m. We have long wanted to tackle the area of land owned by the Environment Agency (behind Tesco), as this is particularly unsightly...

New recruits and new regime.

Early Spring sunshine brings out the best in us, but the worst in the litter-bugs! Today we welcomed Michele and Jim, our two newest recruits. As from the start of the year, we now recycle as we pick...

Picking through the snow!

The usual monthly pick will go ahead, weather permitting. Despite a bitterly cold wind and an overnight dusting of snow, a few hardy volunteers ventured out and did a fine job, collecting 11 sack-full...

Winter blues...

Report about January's and February's monthly picks. January's litter pick was something of a damp affair, with a small number of volunteers, so we have made up for that with today's pick. Well attend...

Pre-Christmas pick

Wow, what a turn-out! All 17 of us (including some very young, willing, helpers). Eleven sacks of litter collected. The whole estate looking pristine.

New recruits swell numbers

A usual pick; an unusually high number of new recruits. At today's regular litter pick, we met 6 people wanting to join as new volunteers. We welcome them all. As a small group, we have always had fa...

The Great Malling Spring Clean!

Apparently there is to be a Great British Spring Clean during the month of March. Well, we here in South Malling have been doing our regular monthly litter picks for the past 9 years. (August 2017 is ...

Great Spring clean-up....UPDATE

For our small group, this was to be just another of our regular monthly picks. However, due to the UK wide publicity about The Great British Spring Clean, I decided to publicise our forthcoming event...

Blake's Walk clear-up.

Usual clear-up, but with the emphasis on a particular footpath. A recent, successful campaign by local residents to 'save' the trees alongside a footpath from being cut down (by a developer), was foll...

Xmas clear-up!

Things looking pretty grim. Hoping for a good turnout. Can't let all this litter hang around during Christmas week. (What is the matter with some people? Litter bins in sight, yet oh, so much litter s...

Spotlight on Malling Litter Pickers

Another regular pick, but this time our local District Council requested photographs of us in action so that our group could be featured in their forthcoming Newsletter. Filled the usual black sacks ...

Where were you...?

I felt very alone on Sunday because no-one else turned up. Maybe it's because of the holiday season and everyone else was away. I hope to have all of you back next month. The Council didn't turn up t...

New Hi-Viz vests bring Hi-Viz recognition.

April's litter pick was blessed with warm sunshine, however, despite a request for more volunteers, we only managed 5 (our trustworthy regulars). At least I was able to distribute our new Hi-Viz vests...

You never know what you are going to find!

The usual monthly pick around our delightful 'home turf'. 6 of us managed to fill 9 sacks in an hour but we also found a huge TV which had been dumped behind the recycling area. How convenient and tho...

Welcome to 2015

OK, so it's been another 2 years since the last update. How time flies. (New Year resolution: must update more often.) The first pick of the new year saw 6 of our regulars out clearing the usual path...

2 years and no events!

It has been nearly two years since I posted an 'event'. Where has the time gone? Needless to say we volunteers have still been out there doing our bit, it's just that I haven't written anything about ...

New Year clear-up

The first litter pick of the year and what a lot we got! Jackie & I put in a stirling effort following all the snow and ice. We collected another 10 bags of litter and cleared a wide area. All members...

New Year Clear-up.

After the festive break, let's get together for a good clear-up. Usual time (10 a.m.), usual circumstances (weather permitting) and usual place (outside shop). For this year I propose we meet once a ...

Pre-Xmas

Let's keep up the momentum!

Jackie & Chris managed 5 sacks and cleared the usual pathways.

Regular Sweep

Things are going well. There has been a noticeable reduction in the amount and spread of what we pick up. Well done everyone.

Unfortunately, the foul weather stopped play!

More picking!

I have decided to list some future dates here. 2nd November, 23rd November, 14th December. Meet 10 a.m. outside the shop, depending on the weather. Hope to see you all there.

Old Railway Track

John has suggested we tackle the Recreation Ground end of the old railway track. How about doing the whole lot? See you outside the Shop at 10 a.m. - WEATHER PERMITTING! John & Jackie joined me on a s...

End of season clear-up

Meet at usual place, usual time. 5 of us tackled the end of season (summer) clear-up along the usual woods & paths route. We managed a dozen or so bags in around 90 minutes + car wh...

Nearby Groups

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Hortham litter bashers
Banishing litter from Hortham Village and its surroundings
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The egerton litter pickers
We are a small group who belief action is better than endless discussions on who why and what the litter in our community is about We meet every week to pick up litter for the benefit of all
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3rd Heathfield - Ibn Battuta Scout Group
We are a scout group based in Whitton and provide our children Skills for Life Would love to support the community in any key activities like litter picking. Support the borough to make it a little better place to live in.
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SEEITPICKITBINIT
SEEITPICKITBINIT, has been set up with the aim of bringing local people together to take action in making the kettering area a cleaner community. To donate to our volunteer fundraising efforts, especially for waders and gloves, please contact me via the email link on my group page. This year, after the recent Blue Planet documentary, we'll focus passionately on battling the appalling disaster of Marine and River plastic pollution, throughout the waterways of the Nene Valley. We'll be holding picks every week, raising money for Irchester Animals in Need and recycling as much of the plastic litter as we can, in the River Nene, River Ise and Slade Brook. WE HAVE JUST SECURED SOME CORPORATE FUNDING, SO OUR EQUIPMENT WISH LIST IS LOOKING GOOD. WE HOPE TO BUY A SMALL LITTER PICKING BOAT FOR THE RIVER CAMPAIGN AND SOME SYRINGE PROOF GLOVES. TO SUPPORT SEEITPICKITBINIT'S CAMPAIGN TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF ENGLANDS RIVERS, ROADS AND GREEN SPACES, YOU CAN HELP US BUY EQUIPMENT OR DONATE TO OUR NOMINATED CAUSE USING THE OFFICIAL PAYPAL LINK FOR OUR GROUP. https://www.paypal.me/seeitpickitbinit Go to paypal.me Go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cleanupmarineplastic Go to www.gofundme.com/marine-plastic-river-rescue-uk SeeItPickItBinIt is a voluntary community litter picking group, based in Kettering Northamptonshire, which has since its creation in 2011, removed and recycled over 10 Tonnes or 10 cars in weight of litter, from our beautiful county. In addition to regular litterpicks on my days off from work each week, every year we hold a 1 Tonne litter pick, which not only aims to clean up the green spaces and river habitats of our community, but also has begun to raise money for charities at the same time. The first two years of sponsorship saw us raise hundreds for Children In Need. This year we have just smashed our litter target with 1270kg and we raised an amazing £500 for a local animal rescue centre in Irthlingborough. The litter situation has never been worse in the history of the United Kingdom. Every day, people dump rubbish from their cars and in the streets. It is difficult to confront, but the heart of the problem can be explained in terms of ownership. The British public has increasingly retreated in to its living rooms, to enjoy its supermarket food, sit on its sofas, in centrally heated houses, fixated on computers, phones or tvs. This life is incredibly comfortable and almost impossible from which to break free. Litter happens because we draw a line at our front doors and our car windows. On the other side of that line is not our problem, so why would we care? Every day we see litter in front of our own doorsteps, on the street and in our parks. Why don't we just pick it up? The reason is because we don't see it as ours, even when it is in our own street, blown from our own bins. Once it crosses that line, we have society's permission to walk by, oblivious and guilt free. One day, I started to see litter. It was everywhere I looked. For years I had complained about it, but I had thought of it as a totally external problem to my life. It's the council, it's someone else's responsibility. One day at work, I did the unthinkable, I got so wound up, I stepped through the invisible forcefield that stops people from departing from the norm. I picked up a plastic bottle and put it in a nearby bin. I almost expected someone to shout at me or to hear sirens, but I didn't. By picking up 1 single bit of litter, I had left that place, better than I had found it, I had already succeeded at making a small, but real difference. After that, I picked up first 10, then 100, then 10,000 pieces of toxic plastic at a time. It felt amazing, my life for the first time, had some meaning beyond feeding my face and being only concerned with maintaining my comfort zone and the comfort zone of those around me. People expressed shock and even warned me that I might get in trouble for breaking the rules. As it turned out, picking up litter has only ever resulted in good things, great conversations, engagement, excitement and encouragement from others, who didn't know such a thing was possible. This year I picked up about 2 Tonnes. During the 2018 litter season, I am challenging myself to remove 5 tonnes. It will definitely not be easy, especially as I've recently lost both parents and my last surviving grandparent. However, litter picking is a way to know that you are part of something bigger, so it helps you through the tough times. Not only does it raise money, it protects and nurtures animals and habitats. Less litter reduces crime and anti-social behaviour, reduces council and government spending. Best of all, it crucially shows others, not just with words, but with concrete powerful actions. I don't think that I'll fix the plastic problem on my own. However any publicity about doing something to tackle a problem that affects us all, is a step in the right direction. Next time you get home and see that plastic bottle or crisp packet in front of your house, just ask yourself, am I a leader or a follower. What happens next will give you the answer. Wonderful news, the McDonalds Drive-In restaurant in Kettering, has generously sponsored 5 bins along Northfield Avenue, in order to mitigate their impact on the community. By working in conjunction with Amanda McDade from Kettering council's street cleansing team, we managed to lobby the food retailer and secured their support in tackling this significant challenge for our community We currently litter pick any area around Kettering and beyond, as and when it looks bad enough to need it. Last years 1 Ton sponsorship raised £500 Nanna's animal shelter in Irthlingborough. This year we hope to raise money for a variety of other litter picking volunteers and groups around the UK. Our focus this year is on river and marine plastics, so we'll be hitting the rivers and lakes, recycling as much as we can, to keep Britain tidy. *********************2017 event target achieved******************** ************************************1270KG**************************** *************************18 picks-100 hours picking**************** **************************Fundraising total £500******************** *************************************************************************** ***********************2018 1 Tonne Litter Pick********************** *********************************92KG************************************ ********************************9 Picks*********************************** *********************Fundraising total £535************************** Future areas of interest will concentrate on the heavy litter problems along the River Ise/Nene and country lanes between Kettering and Thrapston. If you can spare an hour or two, please feel free to email our group to be a part of the next event and help us show that our community is worth caring about. THE A14 FROM WEST BOUND BETWEEN THRAPSTON AND KETTERING IS MISSING, UNDER THE MOUNTAIN OF PLASTIC THAT IS STREWN ALONG ITS VERGES. IF I'M FEELING A BIT CRAZY ONE WEEK, I MIGHT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN IT ALL UP. Every pound that the council doesn't need to spend on picking up litter will be spent on much more deserving projects that effect all of us such as policing, education and health. Several organisations have been extremely helpful in supplying us with bin liners, hi-vis vests and litter grabbers. Many thanks to Amanda McDade, the community litter picking liaison on the council's street cleansing team and to Lindsay Richmond at Helping Hands for the amazing Streetmaster Pro pickers and his much appreciated sponsorship. Please check out the pictures in the gallery, which shows just how much of a difference removing the litter has made at some of the nominated sites. Any help is very much appreciated.
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Stretton Parish Council
Parish Council - improving village life for Stretton residents
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52 years
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Nomanslanders
We collect litter in a relatively informal way in the area around Nomansland Common.
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14 years
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West Rainton Clean-up Team
The Clean-up Team is part of West Rainton Green Group, which was formed in April 2003. We aim to remove litter from paths, bridleways, road verges and other open space in the vicinity of West Rainton, thereby improving the attractiveness of the local area. The work is undertaken by members of the Green Group in their spare time. We organise about five or six events each year, and members of our team also collect litter on an individual basis from time to time when the need arises. Since the start of the project we have collected 100 - 150 bags a year, and attempt to recycle as much as possible, particularly cans and bottles. Prior to each event contact is made with Durham County Council, who provide a truck to remove all the bags that are collected. We have contributed to national and regional environmental programmes such as Community Service Volunteers 'Action Earth' campaign, City of Sunderland's 'Just Bin It' campaign, Litterfree Durham's 'Big Spring Clean' and the ENCAMS 'Big Tidy Up'. Since 2009 we have worked in partnership with Network Rail to clean up a nearby length of disused railway. As well as litter-picking we also alert Durham County Council and City of Sunderland Council to fly-tipping in the vicinity of the village as soon as it happens. Prompt removal has significantly improved the visual appeal of local lanes and paths. About 300 incidents have been reported since 2003.
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19 years
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The beach guardians
We will focus on street litter and beach litter to protect all of nature
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19 months
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Priestley Park Pickers
A community group set up to keep the Templeton Drive estate tidy.
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11 years
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Warton
Local Streets
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19 months
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