Busy time for SWAPP anti-plastic litter group

Some of the SWAPP volunteers on Tilling Drive field.

Stone and Walton Against Plastic Pollution (SWAPP) carried out a litter pick, when the group was joined by members of the Save Tilling Drive Recreation Park from Development group.

The volunteers spent two hours collecting rubbish around the Tilling Drive field and streets of Walton. The SWAPP group has coined the word ‘plamble’ as in ‘going for a ramble whilst picking up plastic’. Four of the group members took on this idea and duly plambled off, two to the Cherryfields estate via the industrial estate and two over the A34 overpass and around to the top end of Westbridge Park.

It was a fantastic effort by everyone and in total 19 bags of rubbish and two tyres were collected and later picked up by Streetscene.

Tracey Lindop, who set up SWAPP, met with Michael Bailey from Streetscene at the end of July to discuss some of the issues that group members had raised such as the need for new litter bins around Westbridge Park, changes to the bin in the children’s play area on Tilling Drive and new ‘no dogs’ signs, also the problems of littering on Walton Industrial Estate and broken glass around the estates. It was a productive meeting and rewarding for the group that so many of their suggestions have already been carried out by Streetscene.   

The group has attracted many new members, which shows how interested the residents are to rid the streets of litter and in particular plastic pollution. Many of the group members pick litter around their area as and when they feel the need and this is a huge benefit to the fight against littering.

Everyone can do their bit by discussing the dangers of litter and in particular how plastic is damaging our environment, our health and the health of our precious wildlife and hopefully influence people and reduce the littering in the first place.  Simple changes in the home and to shopping habits really make a difference. Supporting businesses that use sustainable plant-based alternatives to plastic and refusing plastic straws, plastic bags or any single-use plastic really does make an impact.

The group’s next litter pick will be at the end of September and a ‘plogging’ activity is being planned for early September.

If you wish to join the group, join in on litter picks, get more information or just chat to like-minded folk, then contact SWAPP by email at swapplitterfree@outlook.com or see the Facebook page – SWAPP Litter Free Project www.facebook.com/groups/1757881730901849/