VIDEO: Volunteers get the streets of Wincobank litter free

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Old televisions and rolls of lino were among the piles of rubbish cleared from the streets of a Sheffield estate during a community litter pick.

Schoolchildren, residents and councillors joined forced to collect 40 bags of rubbish – filling two skips – from the paths and grass areas around Fife Street and Ecclesfield Road.

Volunteers get the streets of Wincobank litter free

Volunteers get the streets of Wincobank litter free

The litter pick was set up by Ann Bentley, secretary of Wincobank Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, after she secured funding and equipment from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

She enlisted the help of youngsters from Holgate Meadows Community School, in Parson Cross, local councillors, residents and Peggy Edwards, chairman of Wincobank TARA, and targeted well used areas in Wincobank to tidy up.

The clean-up came as The Star revealed the equivalent of three people a day are being fined for dropping litter in Sheffield – 1,200 in the last year.

Ann said: “I walked around the area to find the places we should collect from.

Volunteers get the streets of Wincobank litter free

Volunteers get the streets of Wincobank litter free

“One was a path leading up to the school which is used very much and the other was down to the children’s play area.

“The volunteers did a fantastic job. We collected 40 big bags of rubbish which filled two skips.

“I’ve done similar things like this before with children. I like to reward them with certificates and a little tea for them, which I’m hoping to do for these children in the summer.

“I think if you can do things like this with the children and educate them it is more likely to stop them from dropping litter.”