Sheffield schoolboy explains why he has cleared 150 bags of rubbish from streets

Teenagers often get a bad rap from critics unfairly branding them as sullen layabouts who are more likely to drop litter than pick it up.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 2:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 3:40 pm

But one Sheffield schoolboy, who is on a one-child mission to tidy up the streets around his home, is doing his bit to disprove that lazy stereotype.

Luca Horton, who lives in Chapeltown and attends Abbey School, just over the border in Rotherham, has collected a whopping 150 bags worth of rubbish over the last nine months – including 50 this year alone.

The 14-year-old heads out most days before or after lessons, armed with his litter grabber and bundle of clear plastic bags.

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Luca Horton has collected more than 150 bags worth of rubbish since he began litter picking in May 2019

His ‘awesome’ exploits have been widely praised on the Sheffield Litter Pickers Facebook group.

“Well done. This really shows that the young lads and lasses do care and are not all litter bugs,” wrote one fan.

Luca says he was inspired to take up litter picking in his spare time last May because ‘the area looked a mess’.

“It makes me feel good to know I’m helping to keep the area clean,” added the teenager, who often heads out with his mum Jenny and their dog Summer.

Luca Horton says he began picking litter because Chapeltown, where he lives, 'looked a mess'

“But it makes me cross when you’ve done a pick and you walk back past to find that area is covered with litter again.”

Luca, who is a big Sheffield Steelers fan, says two of the worst grot spots in the area are Cart Road, where drivers often throw wrappers from their windows, and the gennel beside Asda.

Luca Horton often picks litter before or after school