Wombling free …

July 11 2016

A VOLUNTEER who picks up litter in the area is hoping to raise enough money to buy a device that will help him gather more waste and keep the area clean.

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A VOLUNTEER who picks up litter in the area is hoping to raise enough money to buy a device that will help him gather more waste and keep the area clean.

Alex Storr, 34, who lives in Stapleton, spends many hours trawling the streets picking up litter that has been dumped in a bid to try to improve the cleanliness of the streets.

Although part of a voluntary group of litter-pickers – Fishponds Clean Streets – Alex also enjoys cleaning on his own and has set up a Facebook page called The Stapleton Womble to chronicle his activities.

He said: “As part of the Fishponds Clean Streets we do a monthly pick as a team to help clean the area. This group is part of the Litter Action network which is a national organisation.

“When we do the group litter pick we borrow hi-viz vests, gloves and pickers from Bristol City Council which has to be returned afterwards.

“Luckily Litter Action was able to provide me with my own litter picker and this inspired me to do my own ad-hoc picking in my area although I do travel further afield to help other areas.”

Alex is now trying to raise enough money to buy a Handicart which he would share with the other members of the group through his Gofundme campaign.

He said: “My Gofundme campaign is a personal fund raiser but as it says on the website I would like to share the Handicart with trusted members of my local litter picking group. 

“If I could raise the money to buy a Handicart it would make me hugely more productive, reduce physical strain, plus it would allow me to carry two separate bags simultaneously so I can easily split rubbish and recycling.

“I really enjoy litter picking and it makes the community a more pleasant place for everyone. Of course it is nice to live in a clean environment but equally as important is the psychological impact this work can have.

“People see volunteers working and it lets them know that people care about their community, which is a very positive thing. Hopefully our efforts will inspire others to volunteer and possibly make people think twice before littering.”

Fishponds Clean Streets are also welcoming new volunteers to join their group. For more information please contact www.litteraction.org.uk and register your details.

If you would like to donate to Alex’s Gofundme campaign the address is www.gofundme.com/2ase6ec