We were starting to worry a little bit that if the snow didn’t go, we wouldn’t be able to see the litter. But it rained over the weekend and the blanket of snow that had obscured all the rubbish for the last two weeks melted away in time for our Community Litter pick.
After having delivered 200 flyers to houses surrounding the allotments the week before and putting a big sign on the gate (and signs round the site) asking people to join us, we didn’t really know what to expect. The first person to turn up was Luke from the Council’s local team of Fleet and Waste Management, bringing litter pickers, bin bags and gloves. After a while we had a small team of about six people and we walked along the track running though the middle of the allotments, picking up litter as we went.
We worked our way down to the Wellington Road end of the site where we found lots of cider and wine bottles and beer cans lying on the path, as well as finding the pile of fly tipping still there, but now seen by and reported to Birmingham City Council. It gave us all a chance to look at the problem together and talk about possible solutions, such as stopping vehicles from driving down this part of the track, but of course there is a financial implication to this.
Between us we picked up about six bags of rubbish, includuing some from public areas at either end of the site and left the allotments looking a lot better than before and there is a suggestion that we make it a regular thing, perhaps spreading outwards from the site to nearby streets. Not long after our clean up day the fly tipping had been removed by the Council. Thanks for everyone who helped! We always need more volunteers so if you want to come and help out just get in touch.