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Walderslade residents bash the trash

Date: 13/03/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

People living in Walderslade pulled on their gloves and wellies to give the village a spring clean. The clean up campaign, called Bash the Trash, is a Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council campaign, but the Walderslade event was co-ordinated by Medway Council and Maidstone Borough Council, for which parts of Walderslade all fall within. The nine volunteers, including residents, ward councillors, and council officers, took part in the event on Sunday, 1 March. About 40 black refuse sacks were filled with litter that was collected near Taddington Valley, Tunbury recreation ground, Walderslade Woods and the park in Princes Avenue. Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team Leader Neil Howlett, who helped organise the event, said it had been a big success. He said: “Walderslade is a beautiful village but has recently fallen victim to littering. There was a good turnout of volunteers, mostly residents, who wanted to the chance to clean up their neighbourhood. The service aims to help the local community to improve its environment and this was the first time all three authorities worked together.” All the equipment needed for the event, including litter pickers, gloves, tabards and refuse sacks, was provided and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council disposed of the rubbish collected. Another clean up is planned for the summer.