More than half a tonne of litter collected on Great Grimsby Day

More than half a tonne of litter collected on Great Grimsby Day

Volunteers collected more than half a tonne of litter from some of the town’s parks and streets on Great Grimsby Day.

Litter pickers removed a total of 565kg of rubbish from areas including Weelsby Woods, People’s Park, Ainslie Street Park, Great Coates and Duncombe Street.

The Council loaned litter picking equipment and arranged the disposal of the rubbish collected.

The litter pick comes after the BBC reported that Grimsby’s East Marsh has seen a surge of fly-tipping incidents in recent months, especially after the Christmas period.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Steve Beasant told the BBC that household waste and large items such as fridges and mattresses were being dumped on the streets daily.

He added that the mounds of litter do not only look horrible but also attract rats and pests, dirtying the streets at a quicker rate.

Mr Beasant stated more action needs to be taken against those that break the law in this way.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said: “I’m grateful to everyone who took part in the Great Grimsby DayBig Clean, you did a fantastic job.

“We’ve not done this before, but we thought it was a fitting way to celebrate and do something positive for the town.

“Litter picking is a simple way to help the environment and it has benefits for your own wellbeing.

“My thanks go to all the groups and volunteers who give up their time to make a difference, your town is a better place because of the effort you put in to look after it.”

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