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Students and Council Leader Join Forces for Autumn Litter Pick

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Staff and students from the University of Worcester teamed up with the Leader of Worcester City Council, Simon Geraghty, for an annual autumn litter pick in St John’s.

The team of litter pickers got to work cleaning roads and pavements around the University campus, including Hylton Road and Henwick Road.

Among the more unusual things they found were a sombrero hat, a bicycle wheel and a plastic barrier.

First year students, George Robins and Josie Concannon, and second years Nadia Mahmood, Anisha Raja and Lyden Deth all volunteered for the clean-up.

Cllr Geraghty said: “One of our top priorities at the Council is to ensure Worcester is a clean and green city. We all have a part to play in achieving that aim and so I was delighted to join a group of pro-active students on this local litter pick. As part of the clean-up, Council workers also jetted some of the harder to access drains and swept up the autumn leaves that had started to accumulate. The end result was a much cleaner neighbourhood for everyone.”

The joint autumn litter pick has become an annual event over the last seven years.

Katy Boom, the University of Worcester’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, said: “The students who volunteered also volunteer on the joint City Council and University recycling awareness initiative. After training, students visit their peers on and off campus to reward good recycling. Most students are getting on really well and they get FairTrade goodies as a small token of thanks. This is often the first time students have to take responsibility for emptying their bins as well as sorting and rinsing. It’s great to see how well they all take to it.”

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