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Tidy way to volunteer on Saturday mornings

Seventeen sacks were filled with litter by volunteers on Saturday when Alsager Clean Team went out on the streets for the first time.

Sixteen litter pickers could be seen in high-vis jackets as they did their bit to tidy up the town centre.

The clean team is being co-ordinated by Alsager Community Support whose assistant manager Rachel White oversaw Saturday’s clean-up.
“Volunteers collected 17 bags of litter which were later stored and taken away by Cheshire East Council’s Ansa staff on Monday,” she said.

“We stuck to the town centre for our first litter pick as we wanted people to see us out and about. Hopefully more people will want to join us next time.”

Saturday’s litter pick focused on Alsager’s main routes leading from the town centre traffic lights – Crewe Road, Lawton Road, Sandbach Road South and Sandbach Road North.

Mrs White added: “We were pleased with the turnout considering Saturday’s weather was not great. After the litter pick we went to the Bank Corner for hot drinks and mince pies and we would like to thank the Bank Corner and Alsager Partnership for that.”

Alsager Clean Team’s second two-hour litter pick, weather permitting, will be on Saturday, 8th January, from 10am.

Mrs White said: “What we are doing ticks all the boxes from an environmental point of view as well as generating pride in our town and it provides access to an outdoor activity and is a social activity as well.

“The Tidy Team idea came out of the Connected Communities initiative, which is about communities in Cheshire East coming together to look after our green spaces.”

She explained that Alsager Community Support organised a questionnaire for volunteers who were asked what sort of project they would like to get involved in and they said a clean team.

Said Mrs White: “On Saturday, people went out in pairs and I think we had one group of four. It was very social. We want to invite a volunteer to supervise the project eventually,” she added.

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