Chelmsford City Council

Council celebrate another successful River Clean up

Volunteers came out in force to assist with Love Your Chelmsford’s Autumn River Litter Clean up event in Chelmsford’s city centre to help keep Chelmsford’s riverbanks clear of litter.

Seventy volunteers arrived early on Saturday morning (13 October) at Baddow Car Park, joining the Mayor of Chelmsford Cllr Yvonne Spence, Deputy Mayor Cllr Christine Garrett and MP for Chelmsford Vicky Ford, who also assisted with the clean up.

Thanks to the volunteers, over 100 bags of litter were collected during the morning as well as a TV and a deflated canoe which were found beside the river. After working along the river down to the Riverside Retail Park everyone then helped separate the litter into recyclable and non-recyclable materials.

Part of the Love Your Chelmsford programme, the biannual event brings together volunteers, council staff and local groups to help look after the local environment.

Councillor Malcolm Sismey, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: "I am thrilled to hear so many volunteers dedicated their time at the weekend to assist us with the Autumn River Clean Up.

Like every litter pick organised by the Love Your Chelmsford programme, a huge amount of litter was collected by our volunteers and I want to encourage residents to recycle and dispose of their waste correctly, so we can see less litter in the river and on the ground in Chelmsford. Dropping litter, particular plastic is potentially damaging our city’s environment and wildlife, so it is important to dispose of litter correctly.”

The council wants to remind residents and visitors to the city that there is a £150 Fixed Penalty Notice for anyone who is caught littering. Anyone who is caught fly-tipping waste on public land can be prosecuted and if found guilty, can be fined up to £50,000 or face a 12 months prison sentence.

To find out more about Love Your Chelmsford’s upcoming events follow @LoveYourChelmsford on Facebook or email

Thursday 18 October 2018

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