Harborough man urges people to back Big Tidy Up campaign

Tom Sexton and his stepfather took it upon themselves to clean up Burnmill Road in Market Harborough where they collected four bags full of rubbish
Tom Sexton and his stepfather took it upon themselves to clean up Burnmill Road in Market Harborough where they collected four bags full of rubbish

Spring is here and colour is really showing in the verges and hedges of the Harborough district.

Marvel at the bright red of the crisp packet, the delicate white of the styrofoam coffee cup or the bright blue of the beer can.

“To be honest I never really noticed the litter in our hedgerows until my stepdad pointed it out to me,” says Market Harborough businessman Tom Sexton.

“But once you do start to notice the litter, you see it’s everywhere. People are just lobbing stuff out of their car windows. But there’s something we can do about it.”

Mr Sexton (31) started litter-picking with his stepfather Colin Hargrave on a stretch of London Road in Great Glen just a fortnight ago.

He said: “We bought some litter-grabbers for £4 each and between us we managed to collect 18 bin-liners worth of litter.”

And then the duo realised that they weren’t alone with their public-spirited litter picking.

“By pure chance, we found out that Keep Britain Tidy organises national community clear-up days,” he said.

“And the first ones of the year are this Friday, March 20, and this Saturday, March 21.”

You can find out more about the national spring clean on the Keep Britain Tidy website at www.keepbritain
tidy.org/community-clear-up-day-2015.

You can even join Mr Sexton for his next litter-pick between Market Harborough and the MacDonald’s roundabout, from 10am and midday tomorrow (Friday).

All you need is a litter-grabber, bin bags and a hi-vis jacket if you’re on a busy road.

Mr Sexton, who will be 32 on Friday, said: “Where the councils struggle is on country lanes.”

“Yes, I really am litter-picking on my birthday!” he added.