Litter Picking. The Next Environmental Trend

Claire Hampson, Founder of The Wombles of Hambleton

Climate change is becoming more and more of a concern to many,and there has been huge coverage on recycling, but what can you do to help?

Well you can do your bit by joining  a litter picking group to help clean up local communities.

Littering is  having a massive impact on climate change but now there are more environmental groups emerging such as, Friends of Redcar (FRED), Keeping It Clean At Saltburn and The Wombles of Hambleton, which meet up on a regular basis to clean up their local areas.

TUXtra went along to meet The Wombles of Hambleton, who were created back in April 2018, and run monthly litter picks around the local community to find out what goes on.

The Wombles founder, Claire Hampson said: “So far in 2019, we’ve collected more than 1,000 bags of rubbish.”

A massive 48% of people have admitted to dropping litter, as a result of this, the amount of litter dropped has risen by 500% since the 1960’s.

Seven out of 10 items discarded is food packaging or wrappers, many of these can’t be recycled and are often left to decompose, however this can take 100’s of years depending on what they are made from.

Claire said: “We’ve got to do something, because I can’t wait 150 years for the plastic bottles to go away.”

Litter picking is something that can be quick and easy that anyone can do.

Claire said: “It’s dead easy to do, you literally take a bag with you, and go.”

“Go for a walk and just pick up even three bits of rubbish that you might have normally walked past.”

The Wombles meet monthly for a community litter pick and their next scheduled pick is on the October 27, starting from Rivendale Care Home, in Northallerton at 2pm.

Raising awareness of litter picking will encourage more to join the cause.

If a beach clean is more your style then there are plenty around the Teesside area.

There is a regular two minute clean up held on Saltburn beach  and  the Keeping It Clean At Saltburn  group also hold a community litter pick on the first Saturday of every month from 11am to 12pm.

If you want to get involved you can find The Wombles of Hambleton, Friends of Redcar, and Keeping It Clean At Saltburn on Facebook.

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