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BMX bike and skateboard among the items recovered from the Witham by Grantham RiverCare group

Grantham RiverCare group set out on its 89th clean-up of the Witham at the weekend and recovered a BMX bike and skateboard.

A group of 16 volunteers, including a few new faces, collected and separated recyclable materials, cigarette ends and broken glass. They made short work of the litter found between Bridge End Road and the White Bridge in Wyndham Park.

With the help of Gary Hardman, the group's dry-suited ‘river walker’, the group also fished out a dining chair, a single Wellington boot and a child’s scooter.

Grantham Rivercare group set out on its 89th rubbish collection at the weekend. (14124733)
Grantham Rivercare group set out on its 89th rubbish collection at the weekend. (14124733)

The total yield was ten bags of general rubbish and two full bags of recycling, together weighing in at around 100kg.

The newly introduced cigarette butt collection was slightly hampered by the lush undergrowth, but we accumulated about 1kg - that’s a lot! These will be added to last month’s collection and recycled by a specialist company. Cigarette filters contain plastic and have been shown to degrade very slowly and hamper plant growth so, if you did have to smoke, please dispose of your butts carefully.

A thirsty group were rewarded with a beverage and some delicious carrot cake provided by Paula from the Wyndham Park Visitor Centre.

The 90th clean-up will be on Saturday, August 17. Meet at the boating lake in Wyndham Park at 9.30am or riverside path off Bridge End Road at 10am. For more information search ‘RiverCare Grantham’ on Facebook.

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