Supermarket sweep to clean Sheffield’s streets

Volunteers from Asda stores across Sheffield took to the streets for the Big Litter Pick.
Volunteers from Asda stores across Sheffield took to the streets for the Big Litter Pick.
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ECO-WARRIORS from a Sheffield supermarket rolled up their sleeves to rid the streets of what proved to be a load of very old rubbish.

A crisp packet dating back to 1992 was just one of the items plucked from the gutter with a litter picker as a team of staff from Asda hit the road on a mission to clear up communities.

The employees, from branches across Sheffield, asked their customers to nominate areas in need of a spruce up in the weeks leading up to the Big Litter Pick. Dubbing themselves The A-Team, they hopped aboard a special mini-bus and visited several areas across the city in one day.

Some of the iconic locations which got the clean-up treatment included the former Ritz Bingo building off Southey Green Road and Hillsborough’s Leppings Lane. Stop-offs were made at parks and green spaces along the way.

The A-Team also involved local police officers and they posted regular updates on social networking site Twitter so that customers could keep track of their progress.

And a surprise discovery among the litter came with a discarded bag of Walkers salt and vinegar crisps. After researching the packaging, the team found out that the packet dated back two decades.

Kealey Grainger, community champion at Asda in Chaucer Road, Parson Cross, said: “It was great to be able to work together as colleagues and spend a day cleaning up areas which customers has told us were in need of help.

“It was certainly a long day but very rewarding.

“Some of the things we found on our litter pick were very surprising. That crisp packet from 1992 must have waited the whole 20 years for us!”