Sheffield Litter Pickers community calls for more volunteers as University of Sheffield Students join to support litter-picking events.
Seventeen volunteers joined a litter picking event this morning near St. Mary’s Church. The event was run by TimeBuilders, a volunteering scheme which is part of the Sheffield Litter Pickers.
Nidel Laycock, 52, the leader of the TimeBuilders Litter-picking, said: “I have been working for the organisation for three years. This is a weekly event and every time there is about ten to fifteen people together to pick up litter. Although these days the numbers do increase, this is absolutely not enough. ”
Sheffield Litter Pickers is a volunteer collective, made up of groups and individuals from all over Sheffield who are willing to keep a clean environment. There is calendar of litter picks coming up on their Facebook page to encourage more people get engaged.
Litter picking is becoming an easy task now that Sheffield City Council financially support litter picks. They provide litter pickers, plastic bags and disposable gloves to encourage citizens to take part. They also help take away bags of litter if you notify them online where you have left the bags of rubbish.
One University of Sheffield student, Bella Gao, 19, joined the litter pick today. She said: “This is my first time to do the volunteer work. I really enjoyed it. If I have time, I will join the group as well We concentrated picking up as many cigarettes and plastic bottles. I just don’t know how can people drop litter in such a lovely places.”
Nidel added: “We need more volunteers to join. We will go to London Road in the following weeks to try to make the environment better as London Road is one of the especially dirty roads in Sheffield.”