'Super-hero' effort to keep Bay tidy

Torbay Weekly

More than 130 Torbay residents – and some superheroes - took part in a litter pick or beach clean.

It was all part of the annual Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, supported locally by Torbay Council, SWISCo, Tor Bay Harbours and Groundwork South.

The volunteers at 13 different events collected 35 black sacks,  one dumpy bag and a plastic dinghy full of litter and recycling.

At the Ellacombe Park litter pick, some superheroes even came along to join in with the event – appropriate given the #LitterHeroes campaign hashtag.
Participants were able to borrow litter picking kits from SWISCo who also collected bags of rubbish at the end of events.

Other groups also took part and are encouraged to send in information about how many volunteers took part and how much rubbish and recycling was collected.
They included Brixham Bay Walks, Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative, Friends of Clennon Valley, and Torbay Beach Action Group, as well as family and friend groups, and local ward councillors everywhere across the Bay.

Council leader Steve Darling said: “Thank you so much to all the residents and local community groups who took part. We are very grateful for you giving up your time and hard work. We are able to provide support via SWISCo to anyone who wants to organise their own litter pick or beach clean."

At a litter pick in Ellacombe Park organised by Ellacombe Community Partnership, superheroes came along to lend a helping hand. Sarah O’Connor, Coordinator for Ellacombe Community Partnership, said: “It was a great success. We had 14 children and their families taking part and in total collected six black bags of rubbish. The superheroes were a huge hit! Thanks to all those who took part in the event – you are all our litter heroes.”

You can view a video of Ellacombe’s litter pick on the Ellacombe Community Partnership Facebook page here.
How to get involved
If you are interested in organising your own local litter pick or beach clean and want to borrow equipment and arrange collection of bags at the end, contact engagement@torbay.gov.uk