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Volunteers clean up Cherwell

Volunteers have handpicked more than two tonnes of rubbish from across the district during Cherwell's annual spring clean.

Over a four-week period from the end of March to the end of April, 38 organisations from across the area signed up for Cherwell District Council's tenth annual spring clean.

During the course of the campaign two tonnes of litter were removed from streets, verges and open spaces by groups including schools, parish councils and scouts/ brownies.

Ed Potter, head of environmental services, said: "Since we first introduced the spring clean in 2004 our volunteers have removed a total of 32 tonnes of rubbish from across Cherwell, including the two tonnes collected this year.

"This is an astonishing amount and just goes to show how there are some members of society who continue to disregard the environment and those around them by regularly dropping litter. Fortunately we have those at the other end of the scale who have gone out of their way to clear up the mess created by others and for that we are very grateful to everyone who took part in this campaign."

Over the course of the spring clean Cherwell provided rubbish and recycling sacks, gloves, litter pickers and high visibility jackets to help volunteers.

The most commonly collected items were lunchtime products such as sandwich wrappers, drink cans and crisp packets. Other more unusual items collected during the spring clean included debris leftover from vehicle collisions including tyres and bumpers.

Cherwell's street cleansing team work every day of the year - including Christmas Day - to rid the district of litter and rubbish through methods such as street sweeping, litterpicking and removing flytipped items.

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