Youngster sets example to shame litter dumpers

Edward Reincke was so disgusted by the state of a lay-by he and his mum pass on a daily dog walk he decided to step in and clean it up.

Edward filling another bag of litter
Edward filling another bag of litter

With a loaned litter picker the 10-year-old and his mum Nicola from Ellesmere took two hours to clean up the mess.

Now he hopes other people will do their bit to clean up areas of the town joining a tiny handful of adults who have spent lockdown litter picking.

Mother and son went out this week to the lay-by near the canal bridge on Birch Road and collected three bin back full of rubbish.

"We recovered 43 Muller rice pots, 12 Capri Suns and lots of other repeated rubbish," said Nicola.

"It looks as if someone sits there every lunchtime and just throw their rubbish out of the window.

"So, if you're packing someone a lunch tomorrow with a penchant for strawberry Müller Rice, ask them to bring their pot home please."

Nicola said it had been Edward's idea.

"Edward said, 'why do people drop litter? Do they want to make the world bad?' and so we are collecting most days now," she said.

Their litter picking, shared on social media, has been praised by almost 600 people.

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