MORE than 150 bags of rubbish were collected from across Malvern district during this year’s Great British Spring Clean.
Among the items were car exhausts, chairs from a golf club and even underpants.
Malvern District Council joined forces with a variety of partners throughout March and April, recruiting almost 200 litter heroes to tackle the area’s litter louts, including 60 children and young people.
Litter picks were held at Malvern Link, Earls and Hill Croome, Alfrick, Barnards Green, Hanley Castle , Leigh and Bransford, Little Witley, Guarlford, Tenbury, Longdon, Newland, Great Witley and Sherrards Green.
The council led two picks and supported others by providing litter-picking equipment to organisations including parish councils, the Malvern Hills Trust, scout groups, primary and high schools and a group from overseas who were looking to carry out some community work.
The Great British Spring Clean campaign, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, saw 500,000 people take action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.
In total for 2019 across the UK, more than 1.1million hours were dedicated to the campaign, with 17,097 clean-ups held and 957,377 bags of litter collected – that’s 239,344 wheelie bins full of rubbish or 4,308 tonnes worth.
Coun John Raine, Malvern Hills District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “It is great to see so many volunteers come together and make the Malvern Hills district proud.
“We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the world, however, there is still a minority of thoughtless individuals who continue to blight it by littering.
“Organising regular litter picks helps to ensure that our wonderful surroundings remain unspoiled for everyone’s benefit.”