Daily Mail

We’re all doing our bit to tackle littering

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LITTER pickers such as me welcome the Daily Mail’s Great Plastic Pick Up, starting on Friday, which is mobilising communitie­s up and down the country to clean up their area. My friend Louise Medlar made a New Year resolution to pick up litter in our area. After she posted a few photos on her Facebook page, friends and relatives started joining in. Now more than 700 people give up their time to go out litter picking. We call ourselves The Pickup Artists and cover Kiddermins­ter, Stourporto­n-Severn, Bewdley and the surroundin­g villages and beauty spots. Some people collect litter while walking their dogs while others, like me, do it when we have a free hour to spare. The local council has provided hi-viz jackets, litter pickers, gloves and rubbish bags, and it will collect the bags whenever we’ve been busy and filled them up. The headmistre­ss and pupils of our village school are also on board, going out together to tackle litter. An added incentive is that restaurant­s give vouchers and discounts to their local Pickup Artist. Taking part in this wonderful venture has shown me that the future is in our own hands. MRS PAULINE ROUND, Wolverley, Worcs. IT’S not litter picking that needs to become an accepted mainstream practice (Letters), but not dropping rubbish in the first place.

ADEYEMI BANJO, London SE15. I SAW a good idea in Switzerlan­d to encourage people to dispose of drinks cans: a collector in the form of a fruit machine. Insert a tin instead of a coin and you could win a prize. It makes tackling litter a lot of fun.

HELEN SMILEY, Barnsley, S. Yorks.

 ??  ?? Patrol: Pauline Round (far right) and Louise Medlar (fifth from left) with some of the 700-strong Pickup Artists
Patrol: Pauline Round (far right) and Louise Medlar (fifth from left) with some of the 700-strong Pickup Artists

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