2017 Ton of litter challenge

The previous 18 months has been very tough with 3 deaths of immediate family members and a triple portion of life changing health news, so I haven't been able to get out and pick.  After getting through most of the issues, I'm now back with a vengeance.

This year we're going to take on the challenge to collect 1 metric Ton of litter, just from the roads and green spaces of Kettering and surrounding areas.  The main sites that have really suffered since I stopped picking are the woodland by Rothwell Road bridge, the A43 link road, the A14 slip roads and Northfield Avenue Slade brook corridor, especially the Union Street copse.  The McDonalds bins continue to help the litter situation, but sadly the types that drop litter don't use bins, so we've still got a steady stream of their litter to clean up.

In addition to the 1 Ton of rubbish, this year's cause is Nanna's Animal Rescue in Irthlingborough.  This breathtakingly selfless charity is entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers, who work all through the seasons, mucking out, nursing and caring for our county's unwanted and abandoned animals. This week, Nanna's announced that it is struggling severely with trying to pay its food and vets bill, following a major spike in animal admissions.  This threatens the work and future of the charity, so we've decided to do something about it. We have established a £1000 fundraising target on the just giving website, so that people who want to support the charity can help out and make a donation.  We appreciate any and all help deeply, as very few people speak for the Hedgehogs and other animals that are continually displaced by all the new build  and road developments that can be seen all across our county.

I would really like to incorporate more recycling in to my picking.  Sending what we collect to landfill is counterproductive, as it's just moving one bit of dumped rubbish to another piece of countryside and it costs £100's per ton for the council to dispose of it.  Sorting litter as you pick is a real tricky proposition, as it requires at least three bags, a bag for heavy plastics, metals and paper/cardboard, a bag for plastic film(supermarkets take this) and non-recyclables.  The other solution is to pick it three times, using just one bag, but this is probably not practical. On the first pick this week I will start to use multi bags, to see how it goes.

I am aiming to get everyone that I can, including the colleagues at Asda, to sponsor the pick, in aid of Nanna's animal rescue centre.  We will be sooooo grateful for all and any donations, which can be sent via the Just Giving website. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kettering-litteraction

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Past Events

  • Mon 26 Feb 2018
    River Ise East bank clean up Barton Seagrave
  • Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Asda Kettering woodland winter clean-up
  • Wed 24 Jan 2018
    Ringstead mini pick
  • Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Cambridge line River Ise west bank clean up
  • Sun 24 Dec 2017
    2017 Ton of litter challenge
  • Wed 25 Oct 2017
    Kettering to Wellingborough A509 pick.
  • Wed 18 Oct 2017
    Slade brook clean up 2017
  • Wed 27 Sep 2017
    Barnwell Plantation, Pilton and Aldwinkle verges litterpick 2017
  • Sun 24 Sep 2017
    WDNAC Spinney Lakes mini-pick
  • Sat 23 Sep 2017
    ASDA Kettering Flytipping 18th 1 Tonne pick
  • Tue 05 Sep 2017
    Thrapston Drayton Estate Nene green corridor litter pick 17th 1 Tonne event
  • Sat 26 Aug 2017
    Malham Drive woodland clean up or Tidy up Asda's rubbish, because they won't! 16th 1 T event 2017
  • Wed 03 May 2017
    Northfield Ave Slade Brook corridor clean up 15th event in the 2017 1 tonne
  • Tue 18 Apr 2017
    Last pick A43 Corby link road, Kettering end 14th 1 tonne event
  • Mon 17 Apr 2017
    Wadenhoe reserve 13th 1 Tonne eventlitter pick
  • Mon 10 Apr 2017
    Pilton 12th pick 1 Tonne event
  • Sat 08 Apr 2017
    River Ise clean up Cambridge line stretch 11th 1 Tonne pick 2017
  • Thu 06 Apr 2017
    Corby link road penultimate pick 10th mini event 1 Tonne
  • Tue 28 Mar 2017
    Wadenhoe and Pilton quick pick 9th 1 Tonne pick
  • Wed 22 Mar 2017
    Kgh landfill pick 8th 1 Tonne event
  • Tue 21 Mar 2017
    Asda perimeter and Northfield Ave pick 7th pick
  • Wed 15 Mar 2017
    Kettering A43 link road 6th 1 Tonne pick
  • Tue 14 Mar 2017
    River Ise Barton clean-up 5th 1 Tonne event
  • Tue 07 Mar 2017
    Kettering A43 link road 4th 1 Tonne pick-middle stretch
  • Mon 06 Mar 2017
    Wadenhoe fishing 3rd litter pick
  • Sat 04 Mar 2017
    Great British Spring Clean 2nd 1 Tonne pick
  • Thu 02 Mar 2017
    A43 Link road pick 1st 1 Tonne pick
  • Wed 03 Aug 2016
    Barnwell country park and Dutchess lake pick
  • Tue 26 Jul 2016
    Ringstead WDNAC litter pick
  • Sun 24 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe and Barnwell clean up
  • Sat 23 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe nature reserve and Manor farm verges clean-up
  • Sat 23 Jul 2016
    Cobden Street rubbish
  • Thu 21 Jul 2016
  • Wed 20 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe mini pick/illegal theft of fish.
  • Wed 06 Jul 2016
    Westfield Park mini pick
  • Tue 05 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe clean up
  • Tue 08 Dec 2015
    Asda Kettering woodland winter clean-up
  • Wed 02 Dec 2015
  • Sat 28 Nov 2015
    2015 1 Metric Ton litter pick for KGH Charity Fund and KTDA
  • Thu 26 Nov 2015
    clearing other people's stuff up.
  • Wed 09 Sep 2015
    7TH Mini event-Slade Brook clean up
  • Wed 05 Aug 2015
    6th mini-event 1 Ton litter pick- A43 link road to Boughton House
  • Wed 29 Jul 2015
    5th Mini event in the 2015 1 Ton litter pick
  • Wed 01 Jul 2015
    2015 Spring Pick.-KGH 4th mini event-woodland pick.
  • Wed 24 Jun 2015
    1 Ton Litter pick 3rd sub-event
  • Wed 20 May 2015
    KGH 2nd 1 Ton mini-event LITTER PICK
  • Tue 21 Apr 2015
    Kettering Northfield 1ST mini-event 1 Ton litter pick
  • Mon 16 Feb 2015
  • Tue 11 Nov 2014
    Sixth Mini-Event in the 2014 1 Ton litter pick
  • Tue 28 Oct 2014
    5TH Mini-Event of the 1 Ton litter pick 2014
  • Mon 27 Oct 2014
    4th Mini-Event of the 2014 1 Ton Litter Pick
  • Fri 24 Oct 2014
    3rd Mini-event of 1 Ton Litter Pick 2014
  • Wed 22 Oct 2014
    2nd mini event of the 1 Ton litter pick.
  • Tue 30 Sep 2014
  • Tue 02 Sep 2014
    Wadenhoe reserve litter pick
  • Tue 25 Feb 2014
    Northfield Ave green corridor clean-up
  • Wed 26 Jun 2013
  • Thu 20 Jun 2013
    Boughton House wall clean-up
  • Wed 12 Jun 2013
    Kettering Angling association litterpick
  • Fri 01 Mar 2013
    Asda Kettering 2013 Spring clean.
  • Wed 12 Sep 2012
    Asda Kettering woodland litterpick.
  • Fri 03 Aug 2012
    Northfield Avenue summer spruce up
  • Thu 07 Jun 2012
    Wicksteed lake margins litterpick
  • Mon 28 Nov 2011
  • Fri 01 Jul 2011
    Wicksteed Park river clean up
  • Fri 10 Jun 2011
    Asda Kettering June clean up
  • Sat 26 Mar 2011
    ASDA litter pick

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