A Moorlands couple have been out litter picking in their community and have also put out a social media message to ask people not to drop litter. Samuel Plimmer and Molly Camp, who live in Cheadle, went out walking their two dogs recently armed with bin bags and other litter picking apparatus after seeing how bad the litter issue had got along their favourite walking routes.
A Moorlands couple have been out litter picking in their community and have also put out a social media message to ask people not to drop litter.
Samuel Plimmer and Molly Camp, who live in Cheadle, went out walking their two dogs recently armed with bin bags and other litter picking apparatus after seeing how bad the litter issue had got along their favourite walking routes.
Around their route, which took in Thorley Drive football pitches and the football pitch by Cheadle’s leisure centre, Samuel and Molly picked up enough litter – including broken glass – to fill more than four bin bags.
After their litter-busting walk with their pooches Jasper and Lola, the couple streamed a live video on Facebook asking the residents of Cheadle to not litter the community.
During the video, Samuel said: “You look at what we picked up. It is from Cheadle people. No one travels to Cheadle for a picnic.
“Our message to you, to your kids and teens, is to pick up your rubbish.”
Molly added: “Even if it’s not your rubbish, you can pick it up. We spent two hours on our dog walk picking up litter. None of it was ours but there were people also giving us a hand.”
Samuel added: “We should not have to do that – it should not be there.
“If you take a crate of booze, carry it back with you, or put it in the nearest bin. If that bin’s full, then go to the next bin. There’s bins everywhere. But if they are all full then take your rubbish home.
“Don’t just leave it strewn about because it’s disgusting.
“Take it on board. Tell your kids, tell your family. Take a bin bag with you and let’s keep this community clean.”
The couple’s eco-warrior message Facebook video, as of yesterday (Tuesday, June 9), had had almost 13,000 views.
Samuel further told the Times & Echo: “Our main message is that it is very easy to just take your rubbish and bin it.
“We understand that some bins are full at times, but that’s no excuse to leave it.
“There’s plenty of bins in the town or simply use your own. Recycling is better that way too.”
Samuel confirmed that he and Molly are aiming to continue their litter picking. He said: “We’ve decided once or twice a week we will be taking bin bags with us and continue to pick up the litter.
“We have to take the dogs out so why not do it at the same time.”
Cheadle Town Mayor Ian Plant said of Samuel and Molly’s litter-busting efforts: “Obviously I would like to thank them for doing the litter pick in that area, but until things like this are highlighted and bought to the attention what rubbish is left on our doorsteps and around the countryside.
“After reading the Facebook post I got in touch with Councillor Sav Scalise, who is the Cabinet Member for Environment at SMDC, and on Sunday morning we walked around the leisure centre and up through the Thorley Drive football pitches.
“Granted it was very tidy, so I think people have taken notice of what has been highlighted.
“It is evident that there are very few litter bins around that area but that is no excuse to just leave it around for someone else to pick up.
“Hopefully through this now being bought to the attention of SMDC, we can address this issue.”
A Cheadle Moorlands Litter Pickers Group was formed a number of years ago and has been carrying out regular litter picking initiatives to keep the streets of Cheadle clean. However, the group had to pause their sterling volunteer work when the Government announced the lockdown in March, but a group spokesman has told the Times & Echo that they are hoping to start up again once further lockdown restrictions are eased.
Samuel said: “The Cheadle litter picker group have been doing it for almost two years now. A lot longer than me and Molly.
“They need a pat on the back for their continued hard work. They do a fab job around the town already and deserve a mention.
“We have been stopped a couple of times by people who have thanked and supported what we’ve done.
“They also mention that they litter pick themselves in different areas such as Churchill Road, etc.
“I don’t know any names but I just thought it would be nice to mention those kind of people who also do it so there is a form of recognition to them and not just us on our own.
“It’s not about us, it’s about the community.”
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