Shop workers join the ‘one ton’ litter pick challenge in town

Staff from Asda in Kettering carried out a community litter pick
Staff from Asda in Kettering carried out a community litter pick

An annual challenge to collect one ton of litter in Kettering continued with staff from the town’s Asda supermarket giving up their free time to pick up rubbish in the town.

Two members of the litter action group SeeItPickItBinIt, who work at the Northfield Avenue store took to the area around Kettering General Hospital in Rothwell Road, Northfield Avenue and Northampton Road.

Neil Floyd and Aaron Borland, who both work on the Asda Kettering night team, began the litter pick at 6am last Wednesday morning (May 20).

Nick Green, Asda Kettering’s community champion, said: “Neil and Aaron worked extremely hard, transforming numerous sites near our store.

“We managed to pick the entire Kettering General Hospital site and grounds, Northfield Avenue retail park, as well as Northampton Road recreation ground, Westfield Park and the green corridor which straddles the Slade brook.

“This year’s event is raising money for the KGH Charity Fund and Kettering, Thrapston and District Angling Association.”

The intrepid duo filled 16 large sacks of litter weighing 80kg in one morning.

Nick added: “A massive thanks to the lads for giving up their time to help the common interests of our community.

“We talked to a local woman, who thought that we worked for Kettering Council, but when she found out that we worked for Asda she gave us a sincere thank you for doing something to make Kettering a better town. This event means 215kg of litter has been removed from the Northfield ward so far this year.”

For information about the next litter pick, visit www.litteraction.org.uk/seeitpickitbinit.