Sunderland school pupils have been doing their bit to help with Wearside’s litter problem.
Youngsters at Southwick Community Primary School joined forces with the Salvation Army to take part in a litter pick in the area.
The children spent several hours finding rubbish and putting it into bags in a bit to brighten up the area around their school.
Sunderland City Council helped out by providing the litter pickers, bin bags and gloves for the children to wear so they could carry out the work safely.
The pupils’ work is a boost to the Echo’s Clean Streets campaign, which aims to have a Sunderland with the least litter possible.
We are calling on readers to highlight any instances of dumped rubbish so it can be disposed of properly.
Graeme Wharton, community manager at The Salvation Army in Southwick, said: “We want to raise awareness for youngsters in the Sunderland area about the problem of litter and encourage them to look after the environment they are in.
“We’ve had a number of different groups involved with this, such as The Prince’s Trust.
“People might not realise, but a little bit of time spent doing a litter pick like this makes a significant impact.
“We’ve had great support from the council after giving us the pickers, the bin bags and gloves.
“Making the place look nice will certainly bring more people into the city and this has gone towards helping that.”
The Echo’s Clean Streets campaign is calling on Wearsiders to be more responsible for their own waste in an effort to build a cleaner, more inviting and more welcoming city.
Anyone who sees items they think have been fly-tipped on a street or green space can contact Sunderland City Council to arrange its removal either by reporting it online at sunderland.gov.uk or by calling 0191 520 5550.