Grime scene investigation: Milton Keynes

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Proud Fishermead residents gave 240 reasons to be clean of their area last week - that’s one for every minute of their four-hour community litter pick.

The group collected 63 bags of waste in this short period of time, 52 of which were full of recycling, as well as a sofa, shopping trolley, pram and bike!

Their findings were put on display for all to see in City Square on Wednesday.

And Milton Keynes Council and waste partner Serco mounted a grime scene investigation, placing most of the rubbish collected in a see-through tank to draw attention to just how much litter is regularly discarded to launch innovative environmental initiative Community Champions.

Councillor Mick Legg, cabinet member for waste and environment, said: “We’d like to thank the Fishermead volunteers who gave up their time to help us clean up their neighbourhood with incredible results.

“Now we have Community Champions in many areas, they will be able to report environmental crime from the scene as soon as they spot it, resulting in a much speedier response to get it dealt with, making our environment a cleaner safer place.”