News 01/03/2018 Achievements

Rubbish Ruth cleans up Britain

A Hanover resident is urging people across the country to join in her quest to keep Britain tidy. Ruth, a retired IT teacher from Oldham, hopes to inspire others to pick up at least one piece of litter a day.

Over the last two years, 73-year-old Ruth has been travelling across England, cleaning up the environment and encouraging people to reduce, reuse and recycle. By using her bus pass to travel, staying in Hanover guest rooms and using social media to spread her message, Ruth has inspired individuals and businesses alike. Oldham Council even created a promotional film and ran a competition while supporting her campaign via its Twitter page.

Ruth says: ‘I have met many interesting people throughout my travels and have come across some unusual items that have been discarded by people, including a box of disposable gloves - which came in very useful - and a pair of crutches!’

In the same vein, thousands of litter-picking volunteers will be taking to the streets as part of the Great British Spring Clean. This campaign brings people together to help clear discarded rubbish from towns, beaches and the countryside.

Comments Ruth: ‘Each small positive act can transform the world - as the saying goes, “mighty oaks from little acorns grow”! Imagine the impact of ten people in each of the 9,000 parish councils in England picking up just one piece of rubbish daily. It would certainly result in a much cleaner and more beautiful place in which to live.’

Mark Lake, Director of Housing and Support Services at Hanover, said: ‘I applaud Ruth’s campaign and would encourage others to join her in her quest to keep the country free of litter.’

You can follow Ruth’s clean-up campaign on Facebook (RubbishRuthsRambles) Instagram (RubbishRuthsRambles) and on Twitter (@ruthmajor44). You can even post your own litter-picking adventures on Twitter using #1pieceofrubbish.

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