Sheffield community heroes keep estate clean

Owlthorpe litter pic... members of Owlthorpe Commuity Forum tookpart in altter pic on Donetsk Way pic shows Doug Arnold and Margaret Stirling
Owlthorpe litter pic... members of Owlthorpe Commuity Forum tookpart in altter pic on Donetsk Way pic shows Doug Arnold and Margaret Stirling
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A HAUL of 10 black bags bursting with rubbish were cleared from a Sheffield tram stop.

Community spirit was in full force as an army of dedicated volunteers turned out to a litter pick at the station in Donetsk Way, Owlthorpe.

The team from Owlthorpe Community Forum takes part in clean-ups every month to ensure the area remains tidy, particularly since the introduction of fortnightly bin collections in the city.

Crisp packets, fast food wrappers, cigarette packs and old furniture were removed by the volunteers who helped the area secure a Gold Rose in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

The group is hoping to attract more members or litter pickers to lessen the impact of the end of a green bin service in the area, as the attendance often falls below 10.

Clare Hill, secretary of Owlthorpe Community Forum, said: “We find larger items on occasion like the odd tyre or old suitcase. The haul this month was around 10 black sacks of general litter, an old bed headboard and an old pasting table. That’s fairly typical.

“We had been concerned that the reduction in bin collections to fortnightly might increase the amount of litter and fly-tipping we would have to deal with.

“But we have seen more impact from end of the green bin service - there is definitely evidence of green waste being dumped in open spaces around Owlthorpe now.

“We have been actively picking the streets and footpaths around Owlthorpe for three or four years now and I’m proud to say that I believe we are making a difference.

“When I venture into other surrounding areas and see the issues they have with litter I really appreciate the impact we are having.

“The cleanliness and lack of litter in Owlthorpe was one of the things picked up by the Yorkshire in Bloom judges.”

n Email ocfteam@gmail.com to join activities held by Owlthorpe Community Forum.