Volunteers clear tonnes of rubbish from Salford neighbourhoods during community spring clean

Sian Grant and Sue Sutton (Demo)

HAVING to clear up other people’s rubbish is just pants, but staff and residents of Salix Homes mucked in regardless to give the streets of Salford a spring clean.

During two community clean-ups, supported by the housing association recently as part of the nationwide Great British Spring Clean, the volunteers turned up some unlikely items – including a bathtub and a pair of underpants.

“We were proud to bring the Great British Spring Clean to Salford and it was fantastic to see so many people lending a hand and taking a bit of ownership of the area where they live,” said Liam Turner, Salix Homes’ environmental services manager.

“I think everyone is well aware of the devasting effect that litter, and particularly plastic waste, is having on our planet, so the efforts of the volunteers will make a positive and visible difference to the environment on our doorstep.

“Building safe, clean and happy communities is a priority for Salix Homes, and we will continue to build on the success of the clean-up events and work with our residents to ensure our neighbourhoods are places where people can be proud to live and work.”

Over the course of the two events, which were held in Kersal and Ordsall, volunteers picked up 110 bin bags of waste, plus 12 bags full of plastic bottles and four bin bags of aluminium cans, which will be recycled.

Kersal clean-up
Nine-year-old Kamil lends a hand during the Kersal clean-up, with Salix Homes neighbourhood officer Sue Chadwick

A further 1.2 tonnes of bulk waste was cleared from the streets and green spaces, which included mattresses, sofas, TVs and even an old bathtub.

More than 40 volunteers and Salix Homes staff, including chief executive Lee Sugden and other senior managers, rolled up their sleeves to pick up an array of dumped rubbish and fly-tipped waste, which even included a pair of underpants and some slippers.

Among the volunteers was nine-year-old Kamil, from Kersal, who said: “I wanted to take part in the clean-up because I like to do nice things to help people where I live, plus it’ll be good when I’m playing out with my friends if everywhere is cleaner.”

Nationally, the annual clean-up campaign was regarded as the most successful yet, with more than 17,000 events held up and down the country, and 4,300 tonnes of rubbish cleared.


Main Image: Salix Homes senior management team rolled up their sleeves. From left, Sian Grant, service director for communities, and Sue Sutton, executive director of operations.


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