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The Throckley 'Green Clean' event

Sunday, 30 September 2018 17:55

A very successful litter blitz - by Graeme Anderson

As part of CPRE's national drive to persuade the Government to introduce a deposit return system, CPRE Northumberland and the Throckley Village Action Group held a highly successful clean-up in the village on Sunday, 16 September. Over 1000 discarded cans and plastic bottles were collected and many bags of general waste cleared from lanes and pathways around the village.

Northumberland chair Colin Adsley co-ordinated efforts to organise the clearance, which saw CPRE's specialist deposit van, nicknamed ‘VendyMcVendface’, parked in Tilmouth Road car park, spitting out receipts as recyclables were fed into it by the local community. CPRE activists Les Ashworth, Cath Campbell, with Graeme Anderson (and daughter Amy) joined a large group of local litter-pickers, led by Lee Dyer, as the clean up got under way. John Allen, on behalf of the Village Action Group, had secured support from local supermarket Sainsburys, who provided eight of their staff to help.

In total 28 volunteers collected 25 bulging bags of rubbish in just over 90 minutes with 10 bags of plastics, bottles and cans totalling 1,006 items fed into the collection vehicle.

As Colin said: 'It was a terrific effort and Throckley is a cleaner, safer place as a result. Just as importantly, it was a great way to draw attention to efforts to clean up the country and encourage a deposit return system.

CPRE has campaigned for years to have the discarding of plastics, bottles and cans tackled head on and hopefully the Government will take note of examples like Throckley.'

The Throckley clean up was part of CPRE’s national September Green Clean campaign, with the specially commissioned deposit return vehicle touring the country - and it was the only event in the North East. Now CPRE is hoping it will become an annual event, spreading to towns, villages and cities in the years ahead, helping to clean up swathes of the countryside and encourage environmental responsibility.

               RVM2 at Throckley   

The Throckley event was supported by Throckley Village Action Group; its chair, John Allen, said: 'I was very proud to see the volunteers turning up and taking pride in helping improve the local environment.

We had members of Sainsbury’s Throckley lending their help as volunteers too and hopefully this is the start of more efforts to improve the village.'

Local resident Lee Dyer said:' It was a great idea and members of the community enjoyed being involved.'

Throckley councillors Linda Wright and Stephen Fairlie also took part in the event with the Green Clean earning their whole-hearted support.

Linda said:'It was a great thing to do and we applaud the efforts of CPRE Northumberland. It was lovely to see so many volunteers and children especially involved.'

Following publicity surrounding the event - which included CPRE National Office highlighting and praising the branch's efforts - Newbiggin has approached CPRE Northumberland looking to stage a similar event next month and the signs are that Throckley could have started something which can grow and grow in the North East.

The success of the event would suggest that this is a really worthwhile way for CPRE to raise its profile and recruit members, while carrying out its core mission to protect and enhance our green heritage and the living environment of our village communities.

                    RVM3 at Throckley 

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