RESCUE in Emmer Green
Yesterday (Sunday) I was pleased to join Emmer Green Residents’ Association (EGRA) and Caversham GLOBE for a RESCUE litter pick in the woods behind Marshland Square/St Luke’s Way and the rough land between Rotherfield Way and Southdown. I was joined by our Peppard ward candidate Jane Stanford-Beale, and a small team of us set off at about 11am with orange plastic bags for general rubbish, clear bags for recyclables and some litter picking sticks.
I’m not sure what I was expecting to find. Perhaps the usual coke and beer cans, plus sweet wrappers and a few glass bottles, but I was truly shocked at the quantity of rubbish we found.
At the end of a two hour session five of us had recovered 8 orange bags of general waste (including glass), 7 clear bags of recyclables, a car wheel, a tyre, part of a TV, a plastic car bumper, 2 mobile phones, a traffic cone, an estate agent’s board and part of the post, plus what looked like the metal frames of a pram and a rocking horse!
We saw quite a few local residents, most of whom encouraged us on our way with supportive comments and praise, but I was irritated by one local resident who despite seeing us clearing up proceeded to come out of his house several times to dump what looked like garden waste on the highway land between Rotherfield Way and Southdown. It was clear that this was a site for regular household fly-tipping as there were many black plastic bags and other household rubbish such as a mattress and an ironing board. Unfortunately we could not reach these so I have reported them to the Council hotline together with a photo.
It was an eye-opening experience and I am sure I will be out doing it again. Well done to EGRA for organising this event.