TRAFFIC cones, scrap metal and a pair of crutches were all collected at a recent litter pick in Slough.

Slough Anti-Litter Society, GoodGym Slough and Slough Kids First Rugby all came together to clean up Slough Rugby Club on February 20.

Between the groups, members filled 31 bags with rubbish from just one hour of collecting.

Slough Observer: The 31 bags of rubbish collected by the three groups. Picture: Slough Anti-Litter SocietyThe 31 bags of rubbish collected by the three groups. Picture: Slough Anti-Litter Society

Manjit Birk, area activator for GoodGym Slough, said: “It was great to be involved in a community event such as this one.

“With three different community groups working together, it’s wonderful to see what impact a few people can have on an area in just a short time frame.

“And even better to have the youngsters engaged in keeping our environment clean.”

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Paula Hammond, volunteer and a parent of a player at Slough Kids First Rugby, added the club pitches are used on a regular basis by both adults and children.

She said: “Keeping the pitches clean and tidy is very important for the safety of the players, supporters and match officials.

“Teaching the children how to respect their environment is key not only for their safety but for the safety of others who attend the club.”

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And co-founder and chair of Slough Anti-Litter Society Tirza Meinema thanked everyone who joined on the litter pick.

“Especially thank you to the kids from Slough Kids First Rugby who did a one or two-hour training beforehand and still were very enthusiastic about litter picking the rugby pitch,” she said.

“Also thank you to the members from GoodGym who do a lot of amazing volunteering throughout Slough and have mastered the combination of serious litter picking and taking fun pictures and videos for social media.

“And of course the volunteers from the society who helped, they were more positive than me about the weather forecast and determined to let the litter pick go ahead.

“But my worries were for nothing as on the exact hour of the litter pick it turned out to be dry.”

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The groups also found some vintage litter, a tobacco pouch from 1988 and a crisp packet from 2010.

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Mrs Meinema added: “This shows that plastic litter does not decomposes, even after 34 years the tobacco pouch is still in perfect condition.

“Avoiding single use plastic has to be the way forward.

“Every time it amazes me how much result we get with just one hour of volunteering and with every event we grow the anti-litter community and make Slough a better place to be.”