#SheffRubbish: the positives of people pulling together to fight the war on litter

JUS News reporters took to the streets of Sheffield yesterday for our #SheffRubbish campaign. Photos of fly-tipping, filthy needles and dumped furniture soon emerged. We’ve seen the negatives and how this City is blighted by rubbish. 

But despite this, one thing soon became apparent: the people of Sheffield are taking control to tidy up their city. 

 

Litter-picking

Nuno Mendes- organiser of the litter-picking group

Reporter Patrick Culhane met the TimeBuilders community group on the Ponderosa. The volunteer litter-pickers gather every Thursday morning, and are part of a larger group called the Sheffield Litter Pickers.

Nuno Mendes, organiser of the litter pick, said: “It used to be a lot worse around here because it was a point for drug using. A couple of years ago we did a deep cleaning, about twenty or thirty of us, and there were needles everywhere.”

Susan Tavernor set up the Facebook page for the Sheffield Litter Pickers. She said: “I actually enjoy the litter picking, it gives got a real sense of achievement. By setting up the Facebook page, more and more local picks are being set up as word gets around.”

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Reusable items

An example of a menstrual cup

I found out that in a recent study, approximately 91% of women who were given a menstrual cup said they would continue to use it, and would also recommend it to others.

This made me curious, so I took the time to speak to Sheffield-based women about why they opt for a reusable sanitary item whilst on their period.

Naomi has only been using her Mooncup for three months, starting on her first post-partum period.

She said: “I am trying to go cruelty free, and reduce my carbon footprint as much as I can. It’s a few small steps, but will hopefully make an impact. I figure that seeing as I feel so strongly about not using disposable nappies on my son, it only makes sense not to use disposable sanitary care too.”

I also had a chat with Lucy, a personal trainer; Lucy, a PHD student; and Holly, Chair of Sheffield Student’s Union’s Women’s Committee (WomCom).

For the full article, click here.

 

Wildlife

A hedgehog at Cawthorne Hedgehog rescue

Hannah Dodd travelled to Cawthorne to learn about the prickly situation hedgehogs are getting themselves into, and the people that are helping them.

Anita and Allan Broadhead run Cawthorne Hedgehog Rescue voluntarily from their home. Complete with a ‘hogsprickle’ to treat injured animals and a luxury hedgehog garden, the couple rehabilitate the hedgehogs and release them back into the wild.

“I’ve seen hedgehogs lose their limbs to plastic mesh and in serious cases it can cause them to die in awful stress,” said Anita.

But thanks to people like the Broadhead’s, the hedgehogs around Sheffield are much safer.

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Upcycling

Many people may choose to throw out their old stuff in favour of the new, but Jon Johnson has an alternative.

He started upcycling business ‘Strip the Willow‘ three and a half years ago, creating new furniture out of wooden pallets, timber from demolition sites and unwanted household items.

“People kept on giving me stuff to take to the tip that was too good to throw away,” said Mr Johnson, from South View Road, Sharrow.

The shop-turned-social enterprise provides training and employment for people on work experience and apprenticeships.

Now, in another bold move, Mr Johnson is recycling shipping containers into affordable, energy-efficient EcoHomes with his new project, Reach Homes. 

He said: “They will be as good as we can make them for the smallest price that we can charge, because we’re not for profit, the whole thing is not for profit. We’re also looking at creating up to 80 jobs at Reach over the next five years, half of which will be apprenticeships.

“Everybody can do their bit to cut down on the amount of stuff we needlessly buy every year and needlessly throw away- it’s a state of mind thing really.”

For the full article, click here.

These are just a few examples of the ‘people power’ we found yesterday. Whilst, yes, there is a problem with litter in Sheffield, it is comforting to know that people are doing all they can to give their city the respect it deserves. 

See the negative aspects of the #SheffRubbish campaign here.