Litter-picking and environmental teams in Lincolnshire have been busy this 12 months cleansing up the streets, rivers, sewers and seashores of our county.
Among the a whole bunch of hours spent clearing litter and waste this 12 months, they’ve additionally come throughout numerous bizarre items, together with a field of a number of sinister-trying taxidermy fish heads mounted on plaques.
Other discarded and abandoned items embrace intercourse toys, jewelry, and even a bowl of baked beans accompanied by a spoon.
Lincolnshire Live spoke to environmental staff in the county in addition to litter-selecting volunteers to see what different odd items they’ve found and what they’ve achieved throughout 2021.
An outdated hearth extinguisher and a Christmas tree
Both items had been found by Barton RiverCare, satirically discovering the hearth extinguisher when Humberside Fire and Rescue Service volunteered to assist them.
Here’s hoping your Christmas tree seems to be a bit extra cheery than this one which’s been abandoned.
Several taxidermy pike heads mounted on plaques
Perhaps the most sinister and bizarre of all of them, found by Sincil Bank Lincoln RiverCare on October 23.
These taxidermied pike heads had been found mounted on plaques as if that they had been displayed at one level in somebody’s home or constructing.
Five totally different youngsters’s sneakers, a bathroom seat and a Lucozade bottle from the early 2000s
Found by Grantham RiverCare throughout the length of 2021.
Litter-picking teams usually have a tendency to return throughout garbage from a long time in the past because it has remained intact for a very long time as a consequence of its supplies guaranteeing it’s preserved for a few years.
Bowl of baked beans with a spoon
Did somebody overlook the place that they had put their lunch? Found by Sleaford RiverCare.
The River Slea cleanup group work to maintain the River Slea clear from litter, which is part of the River Witham, which covers virtually the entirety of Lincolnshire.
Children’s toys and an outdated fuel masks
Found by East Halton RiverCare, toys together with Mr Potato Head and My Little Pony.
Finding items like this brings about the query of how outdated they’re and what their historical past is.
Laminate flooring, plastic chairs and Christmas lights
Found by Lincoln Canoe Club, located on the Brayford Wharf, which is in partnership with RiverCare and BeachCare.
Phil Swales is a member of the membership and volunteered for litter-selecting. He instructed Lincolnshire Live that the membership covers two miles surrounding the Brayford Wharf.
This consists of common litter picks as much as the Pyewipe Inn, Plough Inn and downstream of the River Witham as soon as a month.
He stated they discover plenty of discarded items in the water close to the Engine Shed, the university bridge and Ropewalk, together with trolleys, site visitors cones and plastic glasses marked “Engine Shed”.
In November, he instructed us that there have been 17 cones needing to be introduced out between St Marks Bridge and Ropewalk bridge, in addition to entire black plastic baggage discarded in the River Witham, filled with nappies.
He stated: “I am unable to put my palms on the items and say that is the most uncommon merchandise as a result of each time we exit we discover one thing uncommon.
“Everything will both find yourself on the aspect of the banks or in the seas and we’re making an attempt to cease the plastics from entering into the sea.
“One plastic bottle off the water right this moment is one much less that goes into the sea.”
He added: “Since July this 12 months, the canoe membership has taken a complete of fifty full black bin baggage of simply small litter alone off the waters on our mini river clear-ups, and this does not embrace the massive main clear-ups in help of World Ocean Days, the Million Mile Clean Up, and so on.
“The worst I’ve found as a litter picker is on the waters.”
Mr Swales stated all the items they’ve found, together with fishing rods, are a hazard to people who find themselves canoeing in addition to wildlife on the River Witham.
Crisp packet and can courting again to 1998 and 1999
Duncan Howells, a West End resident in Lincoln, is a member of the litter-selecting group The Wombles of Lincoln, and often carries out litter picks in West End.
This consists of the West Common, the bypass and woodland.
Mr Howells instructed Lincolnshire Live he as soon as found a crisp packet and can courting all the means again to 1998 and 1999.
He stated: “They’re nonetheless sitting there 20+ years later which is a matter.”
He additionally stated that it is good to eliminate the litter however disheartening to see it continuously reappear.
He stated: “It is a really feel-good issue but it surely’s additionally very saddening, you may get fairly despondent while you clear it and then different bits simply come alongside.”
Footballs, intercourse toys, jewelry and money
It does not simply finish with bizarre items found on the streets and rivers – Anglian Water has additionally found a justifiable share of bizarre items which were flushed down individuals’s bogs and drains this 12 months.
Over the final 12 months, a spokesperson for Anglian Water instructed us that 292 tonnes of unflushables have gone down the lavatory, which is roughly the identical weight as three blue whales.
They stated: “Anything you may consider has ended up down there in some unspecified time in the future.
“Some of the issues we get the most are footballs, youngsters toys, intercourse toys, underwear, jewelry and money which might fall out of your pocket.
“The solely factor that ought to go down the bathroom are the three Ps – poo, pee, and bathroom paper.
The firm has additionally seen cat litter flushed away, which is difficult to get out of sewers and causes plenty of points, in addition to wipes which trigger plenty of blockages.
As nicely as all the sinister, unpleasant and bizarre items found, all the teams and organisations talked about right here have labored tirelessly over the previous 12 months to clear the county of extra mundane litter and waste.
Catherine Holborn, RiverCare and BeachCare undertaking officer for Keep Britain Tidy in Lincolnshire, oversees the work of the 14 litter-selecting teams in the county, that are all funded by Anglian Water.
Ms Holborn shared the statistics she has been given by voluntary litter-selecting teams in Lincolnshire for 2021.
She stated: “We have gotten round 2,000 volunteer hours of litter selecting to this point this 12 months, with over 1,000 baggage of garbage collected.
“They’ve collected 4,234 plastic bottles, 4,520 cans and 2,215 glass bottles in Lincolnshire.”
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