Taking the lead in litter clean up

Jessica Atkins, 5, helping Waldo with the clean-up at Cherry Close, Killingworth.

Jessica Atkins, 5, helping Waldo with the clean-up at Cherry Close, Killingworth.

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YOUNGSTERS took the lead after being joined by an environmental mascot to clean up their estate.

More than 30 young people joined North Tyneside Council’s mascot Waldo the Wonderdog in clean-ups in Angus Close and Cherry Close, in Killingworth, as well as Bell Grove in Burradon.

The children, aged between three and 14, collected nearly 20 bags of litter, supported by the council’s environmental services team.

The litter picks took place ahead of 12 similar events planned for the next school half-term in October, as part of the council’s autumn environment campaign.

And the brainchild behind Waldo – environmental services area officer Wayne Young – is thrilled with how the litter picks went.

He said: “Both Waldo and I were delighted with the passion shown by the young people.

“They were all keen to get stuck in and make a difference in their communities, and we’re looking forward to getting more children involved in next month’s events.”

This year’s autumn environment campaign will run from October 3 to November 30, and challenges teachers and pupils to collect as many bags of leaves and litter as possible from their school’s ground and surrounding area.

For more details call (0191) 643 7276.