SEDGEMOOR NEWS: 20 bags of rubbish and an old pushbike and lots of dog poo!
A SMALL volunteer army of litter pickers spent collected a mountain of rubbish from the Apex Park in Highbridge – including lots of bags of dog poo which had been thrown into trees.
The 14-strong volunteer group met at Apex Park on Wednesday (March 14, 2018) and in just two hours collected a bicycle, a 20ft long aluminium scaffolding pole, helmets, a DVD still in its case, an old Somerfield plastic carrier bag with a mussel attached to it, an old lifebelt, a traffic cone and a plastic bag for bread dating back to 2016.
A Sedgemoor District Council spokesman added: “Also found were many filled, dog poo bags that had been thrown into the trees that were hanging off branches.
“Our message to dog walkers is simple - please use the numerous dog bins around Apex Park or place bags in any litterbin.”
The spokesman added: “Unfortunately, most of the rubbish was drinks cans and plastic. The pickers found lots of coffee cup lids, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles as well as plastic can ring holders.
“These ring holders can take from 100 - 450 years to decompose and can cause injury as well as death to wildlife.
“Crisp packets can take up to 75-80 years to decompose due to many packets being made from a ‘metallised’ plastic film. Aluminium drinks cans take around 200 years to decompose and plastic bottles can take around 500 years.”
The litter pick was part of Keep Britain Tidy’s “Great British Spring Clean” campaign to bring people across the country together to clear up litter.
The Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group joined forces with Sedgemoor Model Boat Club and Parkview National Autistic Society in Burnham along with members of the public and did the litter pick that had been postponed because of the bad weather.
PHOTOS: Supplied by Sedgemoor District Council – although the picture of a bag of dog poo has been used for illustrative purposes only and not one found at Apex Park.