Ward’s community campaign cleans up in Chesterfield
The Clean Team from Derbyshire-based Ward Recycling completed its first ever Community Clean Up in Chesterfield this week. The challenge saw a children’s park, a Scout Hut and the Five Pits Trail between Holmewood and Heath being cleared of litter, debris, branches and even discarded white goods.
Following a month long campaign in partnership with Peak FM, Ward employees and more than 50 local volunteers and community groups including North Division Volunteer Police Cadets, got behind the Big Community Clean Up campaign to improve public spaces in Chesterfield.
More than 20 areas were nominated by Chesterfield residents, including Highfield Park, Ashover Primary School Garden, Chesterfield Canal, 2nd Brampton Scout hut, Sharley Park, Westwood, between Inkersall and Brimington and Brimington Common.
Although it wasn’t possible to get to every place suggested, the Clean Team braved the elements to get round as many as they could. The Scout hut was given a spruce up for its 75th Anniversary year, Highfield Park was cleared to make way for safe play and the Clean Team tided up the Five Pits Trail.
Angela Parry, Chair of the Holmewood and Heath Healthy Futures Group (H&HHFG) was thrilled with the visit from Ward’s Clean Team and said: “I would like to express my deep appreciation for the work the Clean Team has done in order to clean up the 5 Pits Trail, Holmewood and Heath. The difference is phenomenal, all the individuals that helped worked relentlessly in the rain, without complaint. They are all an asset to their organisations. We hope this effort, will make people think about how they discard their rubbish in the future.”
Donald Ward, Head of Technical & Recycling at Ward Recycling said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the campaign and our Clean Team has done a great job clearing over 200 sacks of waste and recycling rubbish from as many community areas as possible. If we can educate people on good waste management practices and the benefits of recycling, we can try and keep Chesterfield clean and tidy and maintain a community that people can be proud of.”
With recycling, waste and metal processing plants in Chesterfield, Ilkeston and Swadlincote Ward employs over 350 people in Derbyshire and is proud to be part of the local community in which it operates.