HAVE you noticed the change around Warrington with litter?

There’s a real momentum building, with people no longer willing simply to tut-tut and blame the council when they see litter, but actually do something about it.

Around the town, 14 litter networks have been set up with 950 members.

People are reclaiming the streets.

And the council is an active part in all this, because the bags the volunteers pick up are left at convenient points for the council to collect.

You might have seen piles of tidy blue bags heaped around litter bins.

Those are the bags full of litter collected by the volunteers around the town.

The figures are impressive.

One collection of volunteers, called the Tuesday Group, has picked up more than 1,400 bags this year alone.

Each of those volunteers picks up litter on other days as well, either on their own or as part of socially distanced small groups connected with one of the litter networks.

You may well have seen them around.

This is the way to combat the litter emergency.

Take action, join the litter network near you.

Litter pickers are, by nature, can-do people.

They’re good company and they get things done.

Nothing will change if we walk past litter and assume it’s someone else’s job to pick up.

The council is doing what it can, given the calls on its funds.

So grab some gloves and join the rising tide.

BILL COOKE Stockton Heath

HAD anybody noticed the mountain of rubbish around bins in the town?

They clearly are not being collected and emptied often enough.

I walk my dog around Stockton Heath and Appleton and last weekend every bin was not only full, but there were piles of bags of dog poo littered close by.

But there was nowhere else to leave it because the bins were full.

Those owners could have taken them home like I did.

But that is not the point.

What do we pay our taxes for if not to have rubbish picked up?

With more people seemingly using the countryside during the pandemic, this seems to be an increasing problem.

Yet at weekends especially, it is becoming intolerable.

If the council cannot collect often enough, then maybe more bins need to be provided.

There has to be a better solution to all this.

Really there does.

MARTIN CLOUGH Stockton Heath

A GROUP of kind-hearted residents in Burtonwood have been spending their weekends clearing litter from the village.

They are known as the Wooly Wombles.

Anyway, earlier in the month, they worked with groups from St Helens to clear Gorsey Lane one of the main routes from Warrington to St Helens.

However they were contacted by Warrington Borough Council about the “the rubbish they have dumped”.

I honestly could not believe it when I saw it.

Does the council not want people to help out?

Would they rather the roads stay a mess.

More power to anyone willing to give up their spare time to clean up our area.