To coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy Great British September Clean volunteers did a litter pick along Cecilly Brook on Thursday 17th September 2020.
Eight bags of litter were removed from the reserve most of which was plastic bags, plastic bottles, drinks cans, and food and sweet wrappers. From the brook itself a shopping trolley, a large holdall, plastic bottles, glass bottles, plastic bags, drinks cans and wet wipes were removed.
After the storms of a few weeks ago sewage over flowed into the brook next to Oakamoor Road from a Combined Sewer Overflow that normally carries excess water in times of heavy rain. Lots of wet wipes, which do not degrade like toilet paper when flushed down the toilet, got trapped on the bars of the overflow and many found their way into the brook causing yet more pollution.
To help protect the waste water network, to stop clogging the system and ease flooding there is a campaign asking people to flush only the 3Ps: Pee, Poo and (toilet) Paper.
You can help do your bit to keep the reserve litter free by either binning or taking home your litter and only flushing the 3Ps.