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Keep Haverhill Tidy collects more than 50 bags of rubbish in less than two hours as Great British Spring Clean draws to an end



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The Great British Spring Clean fortnight came to a close in Haverhill with litter picking groups from Keep Haverhill Tidy (KHT) collecting at least 55 bags of waste in a couple of hours.

Groups of volunteers targeted the Puddlebrook playing field area and the Chalkstone and Clements estates on Sunday.

Puddlebrook group co-leader Keith Humphrey noted: “Today we picked up a lot.

Some of the Keep Haverhill Tidy team on the Chalkstone estate. Submitted picture
Some of the Keep Haverhill Tidy team on the Chalkstone estate. Submitted picture

“The recent high winds had an impact blowing waste from bins and of course, some people in our community still struggle to make use of the bins available around the town.

“We would love to see a litter free town and to achieve that we will all have to take greater care of our waste.”

Chalkstone group leader, Bruce Davidson said: “We picked 16 bags but hardly made a dent.

Keep Haverhill Tidy volunteers, including founder Joe Mason, right, with some of the rubbish collected on Sunday. Submitted picture
Keep Haverhill Tidy volunteers, including founder Joe Mason, right, with some of the rubbish collected on Sunday. Submitted picture

“I had already collected a bag of rubbish just in Cleves Place perimeter and it was daunting to have to attack the dumped rubbish.”

Event organiser and founder of Keep Haverhill Tidy, Joe Mason, added: “Plastic bottles, cans and crisp packets continue to be commonplace, frequently get blown into hard to reach places such as hedges and undergrowth.

“Other items collected included an assortment of fly-tipping items such as bicycle wheels, children’s toys and part of an old exhaust pipe.

Two Keep Haverhill Tidy members on Millfields Way with collected rubbish. Submitted picture
Two Keep Haverhill Tidy members on Millfields Way with collected rubbish. Submitted picture

“The challenge for our community continues to be the need for us all to value and care for our environment. Our shared areas and green spaces are there for us all to use and enjoy, and everyone in the community can do their bit.

“Keep Haverhill Tidy will never be able to pick up all the waste, but our members are dedicated, and they are keen to spread the message that anyone can and should be encouraged to help make a difference.

“Together we can make a big difference.

Two Keep Haverhill Tidy members at work. Submitted picture
Two Keep Haverhill Tidy members at work. Submitted picture
One Keep Haverhill Tidy volunteer with a pile of bags full of rubbish on the Clements estate. Submitted picture
One Keep Haverhill Tidy volunteer with a pile of bags full of rubbish on the Clements estate. Submitted picture

“I am hugely appreciative of the work KHT members have put in over the last two weeks. West Suffolk Council has been really helpful in supplying equipment and helping clear away the waste we have collected – a real team effort.”

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