Shame on the fly-tippers! Kids clean up their mess

Clean: Pupils get busy cleaning up wasteland
Clean: Pupils get busy cleaning up wasteland

PUPILS pulled on their gloves to clean up a piece of waste land.

The team of Junior Wardens from Moorside Communiity Primary School, Ovenden, Halifax, set about tidying a piece of land between the school and Moorside Gardens.

The children, aged between seven and 11, spent a morning clearing mainly fly-tipped rubbish.

In November last year council staff nominated the site as one which needed cleaning up and in January pupils volunteered to get their hands dirty.

This week staff from Calderdale Council’s Safer Cleaner Greener team and the Ovenden Initiative joined the Junior Wardens to clear the waste.

Heather Stout, from The Ovenden Initiative, said: “We couldn’t believe how much rubbish there was. We didn’t even touch the surface.”

She said although the children filled one truck with rubbish, the rest of the work will need to be done by adults as it is too dangerous.

“The children weren’t allowed to go too far into it and everything we took was from round the edges. The rest of the clearing couldn’t possibly be done by children,” she said.

She said they wanted to promote the council’s free waste-collection service.

“People will dump it rather than ring the council and let them take it away.

“The kids have to go past there every day and they can’t walk through it as the path is covered in dog mess and there’s rubbish all over the grass.

“This is a piece of waste land nobody can use.”

Calderdale Council’s Stuart Elwin said he was impressed with the amount of rubbish they had collected.

The Junior Wardens’ project has been running for more than five years. It invites schools to nominate pupils to get involved in a community project. To arrange for the council to remove bulky waste ring 0845 245 7000.