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Plans in the making to clear out a whole town’s rubbish

30th May 2013 Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottingham Evening Post, Stapleford Community Group Tags: , , , 0 Comments

A RUBBISH amnesty has been called after the success of a community clean-up day.

On Thursday, May 23, residents in the Melbourne Road area of Stapleford were invited to dispose of their unwanted goods and rubbish for free.

By the end of the day, 11 Transit vans were filled along with two skips.

The sheer amount of things collected in just one area of the town has inspired a community group to hold a similar event for the whole of Stapleford.

Organiser Richard MacRae of Stapleford Community Group said: “The amount of rubbish that was brought out was unbelievable.

“Everyone really got involved. The council’s caretakers were brilliant and even went to the homes of those that had big things that needed moving.

“We had a lot of items that we recycled back into the community.

“We didn’t chuck everything away and by the end of the day we had a car full of DVDs, videos and books which we donated to charity.

“We now want to hold a rubbish amnesty across the whole town after the success we have had here.

“I am hoping to arrange it so that we can get a fleet of dustbin lorries and vans to operate in different areas of Stapleford on different days over a week.

“This will give everyone the chance to get rid of their rubbish and also tidy up their area.”

The clean-up lasted just eight hours and four van loads of metal were also collected on top of the general rubbish.

Stapleford Community Group are now in the process of arranging a meeting with Broxtowe Borough Council to discuss the rubbish amnesty and when it can take place.

The leader of the council, Milan Radulovic (Lab), added: “This is an absolutely great idea that has already proven to work.

“I am already involved in a project like it in Eastwood and I think other similar events would benefit the whole borough.

“What I also want to do is repair and tidy up the footpaths and verges because they are a mess. I think the two projects could be linked in.

“There are resources for cleaning and tidying the community and we have enquired about getting even more investment for something like this.

“It is in everyone’s interest to get involved in this and I look forward to meeting with Stapleford Community Group to discuss the details further.”

Follow the Nottingham Post for updates on the rubbish amnesty.

Dan Russell
Nottingham Post

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