Enjoying a litter party: workers clean up
LOCAL McDonald’s franchisee Perry Akhtar and crew from his Wellingborough restaurant joined forces with the local community earlier this month to clean up a mile stretch of London Road and the surrounding woodland and side streets.
The team embarked on the litter picking challenge as part of the Clean for the Queen campaign, the UK’s largest litter pick, which aims to help get local areas looking their very best in the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The litter party, made up of around 35 volunteers, donned high visibility jackets and were armed with metal litter pickers, provided by Wellingborough Norse, to clear up the area. The volunteers collected more than 40 bags of litter, to encourage others to keep their neighbourhood clean and take pride in their environment.
Perry Akhtar said: “We supported ‘Clean for the Queen} because we understand the importance of having clean and welcoming areas to live and work in. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work. It’s amazing what can be achieved when people pull together. To have over 35 volunteers clearing up 40 bags of rubbish is a fantastic effort – none of which would have been possible without the help of everyone involved on the day.
“It’s vital that we all do our bit to tackle the issue. It’s great to see that businesses like mine and residents have both made a commitment to help protect the environment in their local community. I hope this event will help to continue raising awareness of the importance of disposing of rubbish responsibly.”
About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day, equating to 30 million tons of rubbish that is collected from England’s streets each year at a cost of over a £1 billion to clean up.
Adrian Evans, Clean for the Queen campaign director, said: “Our ambition was to create a community inspired, grass-roots mass action event – one that will become a recurring annual initiative. We feel that marking the Queen’s 90th birthday with the inaugural clean-up is a wonderful way to kick-start it to life.
“We want to show that millions of people in this country care passionately about the litter affecting the nation and are prepared to get out and do something about it. Everyone in this country will reap the benefits.”
Environment Minister Rory Stewart added: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep their community tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to protect our wildlife and improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. I hope it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”
For more information about the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign, visit: cleanforthequeen.co.uk
Pictured above – CLEANING FOR THE QUEEN: Local people were tidying up their environment.