Litter champions tackle the town

Litter champions, from left, Chris Lowis, Ann Martine, John Bird, David lingard and John Beaven. GG.
Litter champions, from left, Chris Lowis, Ann Martine, John Bird, David lingard and John Beaven. GG.

ROTTEN chicken carcasses and bottles of urine are just some of the unpleasant things litter pickers have to tackle in Boston.

The group of volunteers, called ‘litter champions’ by the borough council, takes to the streets once a month, armed with big bags, high visibility tops, gloves and a litter picker devices.

“Seating areas with overgrown bushes are the worst spots as it seems, depite there being a bin nearby, people still throw their rubbish on the ground,” said volunteer John Bird, one of the volunteers.

“It can be a smelly job but a rewarding one and there is a good social side to it too.”

Group member Ann Martin added: “We can pick up the litter but sadly we can’t teach people not to drop it.”

The Standard joined the team as they cleaned up a seating area in front of the Post Office sorting office, in South End, on Monday. Within just 45 minutes the group collected five bags of rubbish. The team work until lunchtime, and in a typical morning, fill about 30 bags of litter, including drinks cans, fast food packaging, broken bottles and discarded clothes and bedding.

Volunteer David Lingard added: “We arn’t the only ‘litter champions’ - there are many others in the borough who take the time to clean up the areas around where they live.”

Parts of the town the group reguarly tackle include the High Street, the old railway line, Gassy Pad pathway, near Asda, and the grassed area by Liquorpond Street roundabout.