Biggleswade River Ivel clean up retrieves more than 100kg of litter

PUBLISHED: 16:14 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:26 01 November 2018

Around 28 volunteers turned up to help at the Biggleswade Big River Clean. Picture: Tanya Hill

Around 28 volunteers turned up to help at the Biggleswade Big River Clean. Picture: Tanya Hill

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Volunteers collected more than 100kg of litter during the Biggleswade River Ivel clean on Sunday as part of the Plastic Free Biggleswade initiative.

Nelson the golden retriever also got his paws dirty at the litter pick on Sunday. Picture: Jason KinnsNelson the golden retriever also got his paws dirty at the litter pick on Sunday. Picture: Jason Kinns

Those taking part included small children and a golden retriever, with the aim of removing plastic waste from the river and surrounding area.

Tanya Hill, who organised the river clean up, said: “We had 28 people and a dog come out to help.

“We spent over two hours there and collected 123.7kg of rubbish, but unfortunately there was still a lot more that volunteers couldn’t reach in the river and under hedges.

“There are currently two trolleys in the river and I’m in contact with the council about having them retrieved.

Volunteers collected 123kg of rubbish around Biggleswade's river Ivel on Sunday. Picture: Louise PottVolunteers collected 123kg of rubbish around Biggleswade's river Ivel on Sunday. Picture: Louise Pott

“Some people believed there wasn’t a lot of rubbish and that a clean up wasn’t necessary, however, once you start looking for it, there is loads.”

To find out about how you can get involved in future litter picks, search Surfers Against Sewage Biggleswade on Facebook.

Litter-pickers wrapped up warm for the big clean up. Picture: Louise PottLitter-pickers wrapped up warm for the big clean up. Picture: Louise Pott

Volunteers collected 123kg of rubbish around Biggleswade's river Ivel on Sunday. Picture: Tanya HillVolunteers collected 123kg of rubbish around Biggleswade's river Ivel on Sunday. Picture: Tanya Hill

Nelson joined volunteers to clear up little around river Ivel in Biggleswade. Picture: Laila KinnsNelson joined volunteers to clear up little around river Ivel in Biggleswade. Picture: Laila Kinns

Nelson joined volunteers to clear up little around river Ivel in Biggleswade. Picture: Jason KinnsNelson joined volunteers to clear up little around river Ivel in Biggleswade. Picture: Jason Kinns

Volunteers collected 123kg of rubbish around Biggleswade's river Ivel on Sunday. Picture: Jason KinnsVolunteers collected 123kg of rubbish around Biggleswade's river Ivel on Sunday. Picture: Jason Kinns

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