Co-op staff clean up the canal

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

Twelve black sacks, metal ob­jects and a mo­tor­bike were all cleared from one of Bath’s canals dur­ing a vol­un­teer clean-up. Re­tail col­leagues from South­ern Co-op headed down to The Ken­net & Avon Canal for a rub­bish day on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8. The day was sup­ported by the Canal & River Trust and was deemed a suc­cess as they pre­vented a large amount of waste get­ting into the lo­cal wa­ter­ways. The idea was orig­i­nally in­spired by a lo­cal cus­tomer who high­lighted the amount of rub­bish along­side the canal. Nigel Comer, South­ern Co-op’s Area Busi­ness Man­ager, said: “When the cus­tomer got in touch, we thought this would be a good op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in. Man­agers at all ten of our lo­cal stores got in­volved and the trust pro­vided lit­ter pick­ers, bags, gloves and high vis­i­bil­ity jack­ets. “We also took the op­por­tu­nity to lit­ter pick up and down Wid­combe High Street. We col­lected around 12 black bags full of rub­bish and as­sisted with get­ting some larger items off a barge which had been pulled out of the canal the pre­vi­ous day in­clud­ing a mo­tor­bike.” Steve Manzi, Canal & River Trust’s vol­un­teer de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor, said: “We’re ex­tremely grate­ful for the work the vol­un­teers did. The Ken­net & Avon Canal in Bath is such a won­der­ful place but as a char­ity we do rely on peo­ple to help us keep it in top con­di­tion.”

Co-op col­leagues stand with rub­bish from canal

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