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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 6

Green Pastures,Bishopswood,nr Chard,TA20 3RS

12 Mar 2016


Our 6th Parish Litter Pick. Come and join us - meet at the Parish Hall in Bishopswood (TA20 3RS) at 9.30am. Pick for a couple of hours, then back to the hall for a hot drink and a bacon/veggie roll. If you are free in the afternoon, help sort out recycling. You don't have to live in Otterford to help keep this part of the Blackdown Hills AONB beautiful. OTTERFORD PARISH LITTER PICK - 6 MARCH 2016 # Our thanks to Whitbread plc (who own Costa Coffee) for the donation of litter-pickers and hoops # 24 Pickers (and 2 Base Team) collected 64 sacks of litter, 5 tyres, 7 hubcaps and miscellaneous items # After sorting, 604 drinks cans, 653 plastic bottles, 98 glass bottles, and assorted metal were recycled If our Litter Picks were episodes of Star Wars …….. Episode 6 would be ‘Return of The Litter Lout’. At the end of the Last Pick in November 2015 we wondered if we had turned the corner, after collecting much less litter than ever before.

Now we know that Episode 5 was ‘A False Hope’. Prior to this Pick the Parish Council considered whether we should ‘Clean For The Queen’ – a project encouraging volunteers to undertake a major national clean up to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016. Whilst any additional litter picking is commendable and to be encouraged we felt the hype, the celebrities/politicians photo-shots, and the lack of practical (and preferably financial) support meant it was not for us. Rather we will continue to pick for us! Yet again almost every road in the Parish was cleared – and we have offers from various people who will collect litter from everywhere else in the coming days. In two hours our twenty four volunteers – including eight new faces - collected 64 sacks of litter, and a range of other things including seven hub caps, five car tyres, rubble, old carpet, odds and ends of scrap metal, and redundant road signs. This is a considerable increase on the 38 sacks we collected at the last Pick in November 2015. What is staggering is that just about all this litter has accumulated since that last Pick 4½ months ago. As ever, a substantial amount of litter came from food wrappings - the largest single amount again was from McDonalds (including 53 drinks cartons) – but we also had wrappers and cups/bottles from Burger King, KFC, Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose, Pepsi Cola, Costa Coffee, and Marks & Spencer. Still on ‘as ever’, we collected more Coca Cola Group plastic bottles and drinks cans than from any other manufacturer. We also continued to collect a noticeable number of Red Bull cans. and Lucozade bottles. And two changes this month. We picked up 127 plastic milk bottles – mostly the 4 pint size. Who on earth drives to the Blackdown Hills to dump milk bottles? And a sudden surge in Tesco Apple drink cans – 47, all found in just one location! Who, locally, likes Tesco apple drink? One final statistic – 63 different people have participated in our 6 litter picks, an average of 25 per Pick. The Parish Council now owns sufficient litter-pickers, vests and hoops to kit out all volunteers – thanks to major donations from Litteraction and Whitbread plc. We have bought kitbags, sharps boxes, dog waste bags and first aid kits – and continue to fund the after Pick refreshments. We are grateful to McDonalds Taunton and Taunton Deane Borough Council who, in the past, have loaned us some equipment and continue to supply refuse sacks. But we are disappointed not to have received a reply from Screwfix Taunton and McDonalds Taunton regarding sponsorship for additional items – now principally some temporary road signs and a litter bin for the layby at the top of Corfe Hill. And the Coca Cola company told us we 'do not fit within its overall community investment priorities' when we sought grant funding. According to their website, one of the four issues it focuses on is ‘community recycling’!! Our next Parish Litter Pick is on Saturday 26th November 2016 - meeting at the Parish Hall, in Bishopswood (TA20 3RS) at 9.30am..

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 19

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 18

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 17

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 16

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 15

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 14

.. We pick in all weathers! A year ago it was snowing as we picked; during our last Pick in November 2018 the heavy mist just about cleared by the time we started. Today - in one of the highest areas ...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 13

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 12

.. Our smaller Summer Litter Pick: but – given the amount collected - hopefully all of our 27 pickers (and 2 base team) thought it worthwhile. No snow or bitingly cold wind this time but, rathe...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 11

Snow was forecast, and snow we got. Not the heavy downfall which came later, but regular flurries blown around by the bitingly cold wind. Amazingly 24 volunteers turned out to pick in this, together ...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 10

HEADLINES # 20 Pickers (and 2 Base Team) collected 43 sacks of litter, 4 hubcaps,1 tyre, and miscellaneous items # After sorting, we recycled 420 drinks cans, 291 plastic bottles, 65 glass bottles/ja...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 9

HEADLINES # More collected than we first thought! # 19 Pickers (and 1 Base Team) collected 33 sacks of litter, 2 hubcaps, and miscellaneous items # After sorting, we recycled 178 drinks cans, 183 pla...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 8

HEADLINES # 26 Pickers (and 1 Base Team) collected 61 sacks of litter,1 tyre, 2 hubcaps, and miscellaneous items # After sorting, 691 drinks cans, 509 plastic bottles, 142 glass bottles and jars, and...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 7

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Otterford Parish Litter Pick 5

Well ………………….. have we turned the corner? We found considerably less litter than during our previous Picks. We manage to clear almost every road in the pari...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 4

More pickers - 27 - than ever before, including a number from neighbouring parishes. We collected a staggering 76 bags of litter, together with a range of larger objects - including 17 hub caps, a ca...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 3

Sunny and dry .......... not at all what we have come to expect for an Otterford Parish Litter Pick! In two hours our twenty four volunteers collected 48 sackfuls of litter, and a range of other th...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 2

Sixteen litter pickers, picking for two hours. We picked up 49 sackfuls of litter, including 393 drinks cans, 432 plastic bottles, and 92 glass bottles for recycling. We also accumulated seven wheel ...

Otterford Parish Litter Pick 1

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