The town of Reading is a cleaner, tidier place this week thanks to the efforts of 40 volunteer litter-pickers who supported the latest Reading RESCUE event at the weekend.
On Friday October 13 employees from event sponsors Thames Water were joined by representatives from facilities management company EMCOR and Henley based Markit Economics and took to the streets where, in just a couple of hours, they collected 34 bags of rubbish. The following day a team from environmental group GLOBE removed a further 24 bags worth of debris from public spaces around the town.
Included in the haul as well as the normal food and drink packaging was a bed frame, credit cards, an office chair, a baby walker, duvets and a portable toilet. Items the volunteers were unable to safely collect themselves were reported to Reading Borough Council.
Thames Water’s Neeti Bindra said: “As a major employer in Reading it’s really important to us to get involved with the surrounding community and Reading RESCUE has become a yearly event that we look forward to and are always happy to support. It was great to have volunteers from other businesses and the team from Globe get involved alongside our own people and we’re grateful to Connect Reading for organising the day.”
Callum Bradbury from EMCOR added: "It was a great opportunity to meet new people and to give something back to the community. I'm glad EMCOR UK were able to work alongside Thames Water, Reading RESCUE and others to help achieve a common goal which is a cleaner Reading for all to enjoy."
Reading RESCUE first took place in 1989 and has been co-sponsored by Thames Water since 2008. It is organised by Connect Reading who are a business community partnership and manage links between businesses, the public and voluntary sectors.
Kirsti Wilson, managing director of Connect Reading said: “This autumn's RESCUE brought together another different group of caring companies and individuals who wanted to do their bit to tidy up Reading, and its riverside. We want to help keep our rivers healthy, and what better way than clearing up the rubbish and detritus that builds up over the year?
“We were very happy to be joined by Reading's Mayor Rose Williams, who has promised to put on her wellies and join us in March for our spring clean-up.”
The hunt is already on for volunteers to help with the next Reading RESCUE in March. To register your interest email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, members of the public can report litter hotspots via the Love Clean Reading app.