Unusual haul from Rugby river clean-up

The litter-pickers with what they found
The litter-pickers with what they found

Seven shopping trolleys, a car bumper and 40 bags of litter were among the haul of rubbish collected during a recent effort to clean up a stretch of the River Avon in Rugby.

Employees from McDonald’s and Tesco joined Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and Rugby Mayor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava, collecting about half a tonne of rubbish between them. The activity was part of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign.

McDonald’s franchisee Glyn Pashley said: “It was hard work – particularly dressed as a Womble – but what a fantastic effort to collect over half a tonne of rubbish. I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support – it’s amazing what can be achieved when the community comes together.”

Fellow franchisee, Martin Cuthbert said: “This is one of 40 events we’ve planned this year, which should go some way to raising awareness about the need to protect our environment. Clearly it’s irresponsible to throw away litter – not to mention shopping trolleys, car bumpers and the like – but hopefully today has gone some way to making a difference locally.”