River clean up finds 26 bags of rubbish and seven trolleys

Grantham Rivercare with a small portion of it's weekend haul.

Grantham Rivercare with a small portion of it's weekend haul.

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DEDICATED volunteers hauled seven shopping trolleys, 26 bags of rubbish and a duvet from the River Witham at the weekend.

A team of 18 volunteers with Grantham Rivercare gave up their Saturday morning to clean up after the thoughtless and selfish people who dump their unwanted items into the river.

A volunteer struggles to drag a supermarket trolley from the river.

A volunteer struggles to drag a supermarket trolley from the river.

The number of shopping trolleys found highlights a serious problem, with shoppers using supermarket trolleys from Asda and Sainsburys to carry their shopping home but then refusing to take them back. The trolleys are then either dumped in the river by the shopper themselves or left in the street for vandals to do likewise.

Rivercare leader John Knowles said: “It is hard to understand why they do it because it takes such an effort to throw them in there.

“Earlier in the week I had seen the trolleys and reported them to respective store management. I said that if they could send one of their staff down then we would be prepared to retrieve them and pass them over for return to the store. Regrettably neither Sainsbury’s nor Asda considered it important enough to send someone.”

Other items found in the most recent clean up include a radio and two footballs. The majority of the 26 bags of rubbish were made up of cans and bottles.

The items were found on a relatively small stretch of the river from Bridge End Road and Wyndham Park.

John said: “Due to the inclement weather conditions during December it had been a number of weeks since we last went out and regrettably large amounts of rubbish had accumulated in the river and along the banks.

“It is sad to think that every item had been deposited by someone.

“However Rivercare team members always rise to a challenge and set about the task with tremendous determination.

“There followed two hours of hard labour resulting in a few aches and pains but a magnificent result.”

l What can be done to stop people throwing their rubbish in the river? Should supermarkets take more responsibility for the problems? E-mail your thoughts to: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk