The Spring Clean took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd to 5th. The event was promoted by Woodbridge Town Council with posters around town, items in the free local press and emails to local schools and organisations. Information was posted on the website of Transition Woodbridge and given at Woodbridge and Deben W.I meetings. Litter picking equipment was supplied by Suffolk Coastal Norse who also collected the bags of litter from the litter picking assembly points.
49 volunteers took part in 8 litter picking sessions over the 3 days. A total of 40 bags of litter were collected from the following areas in and around Woodbridge –
Generally we found that there was less litter than in 2016 and some areas were very tidy but there was a lot of litter in other places. In town, cigarette ends and other smokers’ rubbish, sweet, crisp and drinks cans and plastic bottles were too plentiful.
A quantity of glass bottles were collected mostly from under hedges and also many bags of dog poo which should have been put in bins.
Along the A12 most of the litter was packaging from snacks, crisps etc probably thrown from vehicles but we also found at least one example of fly tipped rubbish and also several discarded signs on the A12 verge advertising local events for the following - Farlingaye School, The Theatre in the Forest, Kit Crew holiday activities, (photo attached).
To quote one volunteer ‘I was surprised about the amount of stuff dumped by local people who have seemingly just thrown rubbish over the fence or wall adjacent to their home’ and another ‘on our route the worst litter spots were the two car parks, at Buttrum’s Mill and next to the Fire/Police Station with the latter being the worst’.
Suggestions to reduce the problem of litter
It would appear that if Suffolk is to be the ‘Greenest County’ we all really need to try harder to encourage everyone to care for their local environment and be proud of our lovely part of the country.
The Great British Spring Clean in Woodbridge
Signs left on verge at the side of the A12 just south of the Woods lane roundabout. We had to leave them, in a tidy pile, as it was too far to carry them to our bag collection point.