Litter Blitz 5 on Sun 30th June focused on KEVI School and surrounding areas. 16 volunteers including Ian Lavery MP supported the event, and a total of 27 bags of rubbish were picked up, plus 2 discarded “For Sale” boards / 1 large traffic management barrier / 1 traffic cone.

A suggestion from KEVI Deputy Head is next year we organise a 1 hour Litter Blitz between 3:45 > 4:45pm on a School day to encourage KEVI students to get actively involved too. If numbers are great, we can complete a more comprehensive clean-up of the grounds.

Quote from Dai: “For everyone who was able to make yesterday my sincere thanks for coming along, it was a rather windy day which made it a bit difficult – so thank you for persevering. We found the overall scale of litter around the school was greatly reduced from our 2018 Blitz. The improvements made by the school re bins and clean-up rotas, plus KEVI’s ecology project with planting around the Community Centre, are all definitely making a difference.”

Next event Litter Blitz 6 is scheduled for Sun 29th Sept and will focus on Coopies Lane industrial estate.

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Litter Blitz 3 took place on Sun 14th April – 25 volunteers took part on a very cold “Spring!” afternoon, and a fantastic 50 bin bags of rubbish were collected for disposal. This included metal bars, lead plate, child booster cushion, traffic sign, and a dustbin with concrete base.

Highlights:
* B1337 HOTSPOT at top of Whorral Bank completed (12 hours labour) – new SULO bin now in place and capturing cups etc

* Further HOTSPOT behind Bookers has been cleared

* Overall litter volumes definitely reducing throughout Morpeth

Sincere thanks again to all the volunteers for their support, next event Litter Blitz 4 is scheduled for Sun 19th May and will focus on Morpeth Town Centre and Kirkhill.

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Litter Blitz 2 took place in 2 sessions on a very blustery Sun 24th March – a new record 37 volunteers took part, and a fantastic 87 bin bags of rubbish were collected for disposal – plus 2 tyres, assorted metal, wiring, and wire mesh fencing. This was our largest ever total on a single day, and a fantastic effort by everyone who was able to make it.

12.00pm Stobhill Team > 13 people collected 21 bags
2.30pm St James Car Park Team > 24 people collected 66 bags

Quote from Dai Richards, our Keep Britain Tidy Ambassador: “I cannot thank you enough for your support – it really is down to you – without your support and attendance it would not happen. We really are making a difference to our lovely Morpeth Town and it is looking better and better from our efforts.”

Many thanks to all the volunteers who took part.

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Litter Blitz 1 took place on the sunny afternoon of Sun 24th Feb – 20 volunteers took part, and a fantastic 67 black bin bags of rubbish were collected for disposal within 90 minutes. Various areas across Morpeth were tackled including: Whorral Bank; Swinneys Field; Tommy’s Field & riverside area to side / behind Morrisons store; KEVI woods behind athletic track.