Major boost for dedicated Sheffield Litter Pickers as city company joins battle against dumped rubbish

The blight of littering in Sheffield has come under the spotlight in recent weeks – with rubbish dumped across the city angering residents.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:30 am
Jess and Kieran, Sheffield Litter Pickers.

Endcliffe Park was left strewn with seven tonnes of rubbish following a large gathering there in March, and a video of the mess filmed by the Telegraph attracted global attention.

Since then litter has been prominently dumped in beauty spots such as Forge Dam and Oughtibride. And the dedicated Sheffield Litter Pickers group have laid bare the scale of the relentless problem.

Now the group have been given a boost in their work by Sheffield company Fletchers Waste Management, which has joined forces with Sheffield Litter Pickers to combat the problem.

The rubbish clear up at Endcliffe Park on the morning of March 31. Picture: Chris Etchells

After joining several litter picks with the volunteers, Fletchers Waste were able to learn more about the struggles they were facing due to the overflowing litter and simply not enough manpower or equipment to combat it. The waste management company has now donated bin bags, 100 grabbers and will provide skips in Sheffield for bigger picks to make their hard work more manageable.

Freddie Ward, Fletchers Waste’s commercial director, said: “We are always trying to offer support to the community and charities as much as possible. The litter problem in Sheffield is something that cannot be ignored. Sheffield is a beautiful place to live and by volunteering at picking events and donating equipment, we hope it will create a positive impact and raise much needed awareness of what the great volunteers are currently doing.”

Linda Ball, an admin of Sheffield Litter Pickers said: “We are really grateful for this much needed ongoing support. It has all been so simple and with a lot of goodwill from Fletchers. We hope this can help new members get involved and join us and get the city looking good and feeling good too.”

“Every bit helps – a quick whizz around your street with a grabber now and again makes a real difference and now Fletchers are helping facilitate that.”

The group is always looking for more volunteers to join them with litter picks and welcomes members to their Facebook group where they are arranged.