Mountain of rubbish collected in clean-up day

Just some of the rubbish collected during the clean-up day.
Just some of the rubbish collected during the clean-up day.
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A COMMUNITY clean-up day on Wisbech’s Waterlees ward collected almost two tons of waste.

The day, led by Roddons Housing Association, involved partners from Community Payback, Fenland District Council Street Scene and the local police. The purpose of the day was to clean up the estate and start to make the area a better place to live.

An amazing total of five pick-up trucks of household rubbish, such as sofas, carpets, mattresses and vacuum cleaners, from 107 homes were collected in only one day, weighing in at nearly two tons. The rubbish was then separated at a recycling centre and sent for recycling or disposal.

The purple Safer Fenland Partnership Crimebuster bus was also set up to provide an information point for residents to talk to the team from Roddons about their ideas, issues and concerns.

And the green champions from Fenland District Council Street Scene were on hand to inform residents about cleaning, recycling issues and fines as well as dangers of fly tipping.

L. Sroczyk from Cherry Road said: “It’s a very good idea to get everyone living here involved. Together we can make a difference. Nobody likes to live in a dirty place. This should be done more often.”

Debbie Tuckey, neighbourhood officer for Roddons Housing Association, part of Circle, said: “It was very successful and this is an important part of our work with residents to take pride in their area. It’s amazing how much difference a tidy front garden or bin area can make to a street. We are committed to improving our communities by providing great homes, reliable services and creating a better place for people to live.”

Many residents already participated in a survey where they put forward ideas and suggestions on how to make their area a better and cleaner place. Roddons will use the survey to put environmental improvements in place.

Residents can contact the Roddons neighbourhood team on phone 0300-333-6557 if they would like to take part in the survey, have any questions or suggestions about their community.