Boston’s annual clean-up started yesterday with the aim of clearing tons of litter from our streets, parks and waterways.
An army of 600 volunteers wearing luminous waistcoats will clear the town for four days.
The team is made up of members of the public and staff from businesses, the borough council and partner organisations.
Volunteers have been equipped with high-visibility waistcoats, litter pickers, gloves and black bags as well as receiving a light lunch each day as a thank you for all their hard work.
Businesses had been warned that they should clean up their own grot spots, get involved in the clean-up or stand by to receive a litter control notice which could cost them a £100 fine.
Lincolnshire Co-op helped encourage children to participate with offers of free flavoured water, Easter chocolates and snack-size raisins.
Other firms involved are Asda, Calder and Grandidge, Freshtime, Duncan Toplis, Mayflower, Fenside Community Centre, Beacon Church at Wyberton, Tulip, Produce World, Longhurst and Havelok Homes, McDonald’s, Lincolnshire Fire Service, Aaron Services, Boston and District Angling Association, First Kirton Guides, Lincolnshire County Council, Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board, the Envrionment Agency, Lincolnshire Probation Service, Thistles Nursery, Willoughby Road Allotments Association, Salvation Army, Boston College, New Life Fellowship and
Holy Trinity Church.
John Lawrenson, managing director of Calder and Grandidge, said: “Being part of a long-established company in the Boston area I think that it is very important to participate in local community activities. We have employees out all week helping in the clean-up. We all help to make a difference.”
The Big Schools Clean-up also took place again this year. Hundreds of children from Park Academy, Staniland Academy and Boston West, Swineshead, Hawthorn Tree and St Mary’s Roman Catholic primary schools cleared litter from in and around their school grounds.
Over the past six years the Big Boston Clean-up has removed a staggering 65.5 tons of rubbish from the town’s streets and waterways thanks to the efforts of 3,710 volunteers.