VIDEO: Volunteers clean up town

More than 400 volunteers have been helping to give the town a spring clean this week as the Big Boston Clean-Up hit the streets.

The sixth annual event, which started on Monday, sees residents and organisations heading out with hi-vis jackets, litterpickers and black bags to collect rubbish dropped on the streets around town.

Big Boston Clean-Up.'L-R Paul Separovit of Frampton, Leila Farham of Market Harborough, Ellie Separovit 5 and George Separovit 6 litter picking near Boston Bus Station.

Big Boston Clean-Up.'L-R Paul Separovit of Frampton, Leila Farham of Market Harborough, Ellie Separovit 5 and George Separovit 6 litter picking near Boston Bus Station.

Jen Moore, Boston Borough Council’s environment and sustainability officer, said: “Very often I’m asked why we do it and what purpose it serves. Obviously we spring clean the town which is fantastic but from this there has been a number of other initiatives as well.”

She added: “It’s very successful, I think it’s good for people to see what we’re doing and it keeps the issue of litter in the public eye.”

She praised the organisations taking part which include the Environment Agency, prisoners from North Sea Camp, schools, the council, housing associations and local businesses such as Asda and MacDonalds.

Big clean-ups this week included a grot spot nominated by readers of the Boston Standard on Irby Street being cleaned up on Monday and on Tuesday the Environment Agency launching boats into Boston waterways to help clean those up.

Big Boston Clean-Up.'L-R Dave Merchant, Dale Roy and Luke Kettle helping to clear an area on Irby Street, Boston.

Big Boston Clean-Up.'L-R Dave Merchant, Dale Roy and Luke Kettle helping to clear an area on Irby Street, Boston.

To those who wonder why they should help to clean up ‘other people’s messes’ she said there was a place for enforcement and education. She added the council was ‘stepping up’ its efforts to try to change people’s attitudes when it comes to litter.