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GOOD JOB: Resident collects over 11,000 pieces of discarded litter in Croxley and beyond

 Published on: 21st October 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A local resident has been busy litter picking around the community for the past two years and has collected over 11,000 pieces of litter.

Michael Groom began litter picking a couple of years ago when he noticed an increasing amount of litter in the area.

Together with other residents, a litter picking group was formed, however, Michael has collected over 11,000 pieces of litter alone with his own two hands.

Michael said that the litter problem stems from the fact that everyone unfortunately ignores the ever-increasing amount of litter.

He said: “We are all blind to the litter, we know it’s there but somehow we don’t really pay attention to it. 

Michael has said that he now struggles to walk past litter without picking it up and litter picks several times a week.

He said: “Even when driving I can’t help but notice the litter. I was picking up so much I started to document it as I was quite interested to see all the things that were there.”

Along with over 5,000 cans Michael has picked up some unusual items over the past two years, recalling one occasion where he found a brand-new set of dumbbells still in their packaging. 

Michael said it could be easy to cut down on the amount of litter if everyone contributed. 

He said: “There are 800 houses roughly in Sarratt and if there was only one person in every house and that one person picked up just one piece of litter, then that is more than I’ve done in nearly two and half years.”

In addition to recycling the litter Michael picks up, he has a find a unique way to put it to good use and has started making framed pictures out of the litter. 

The pictures can be found at etsy.com/uk/shop/BellissimoByMichael.

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