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Community on a mission to keep up appearances

Published date: 31 March 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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COMMUNITY-spirited residents, schoolchildren and businesses were out in force at the weekend cleaning the streets.

Every year, hundreds of selfless volunteers put on hi-vis jackets, pick up a black binbag and litter-picker and set about giving Mold a spring clean.

It might have been raining on Friday, but that did not stop the ranks from tackling verges, flower beds and back streets in the quest for litter.

I joined workers from packaging firm Smurfit Kappa and Tate and Lyle to clear up the areas around their Mold offices.

Before we set off, we were given a pep talk from Dave Hill, Mold’s Town Centre Manager, who informed us of the value of our work, but warned us to watch out for dog mess and needles.

Fortunately, I did not find any needles – my bin bag was mainly filled up with bottles and carrier bags.

A few items of clothing and a towel were my more unusual finds – nothing compared with what people have found in the past, according to Dave.

He said: “We have found fridges, old cars and crates – and every year we tend to find a lot of hub caps.

“Last year we had 700 volunteers and I would like think we have had at least that many this time.

“We have noticed that the amount of rubbish has got less, even though the amount of volunteers has grown, which is a sign that things are improving.”

The annual event, which has won several awards, sees areas targeted before teams come in to clean them, with volunteers also staining benches and painting panels to improve the town’s appearance.

Dave added: “We had schools involved, church groups, charities – many people get involved.

“I am extremely proud of this, it has been running for five years and more people keep coming.”

Volunteers were around the town with smiles on their faces as they helped the community.

Smurfit Kappa staff member Chris Trevithick said: “We all want the area we work in to look good, it has an impact on people.

“I wouldn’t have expected to see as much litter as we have done where we are, but at least it is getting removed.”

Fellow staff member Steve Owen said: “It is nice doing something that is helping the community like this.

“It is something that the company always want to get involved in – we care about where we work and we want it to be a nice place to work.”

If the pride of cleaning up the community was not enough, everybody who helped out at the event, which continues today, was given a small gift – I opted for a Mold Spring

Clean YoYo, which will always remind me of my day out helping the community.

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