Young people showed their community spirit by cleaning up streets, parks and estates in Wellingborough this week.
The annual community clean-up is organised by the Wellingborough Youth Project.
Teenagers who attend the project’s Infuse Youth Cafe were joined by other youngsters from local Scout groups, Service Six and the Hope Project.
From Monday to Wednesday this week they cleaned rubbish from streets in the town centre, the Glenbank area, Croyland Park and the Hemmingwell estate.
They collected countless beer cans, litter, needles and even a bike during their collection.
Becky Dowman, a youth worker for the project, said: “This is the fourth year that we’ve done the clean-up. It’s run for young people to get involved in their community and to give something back.
“It also helps to change negative perceptions that people might have of teenagers.
“We had a very diverse group of young people take part this year, including people still at school, colleges and on apprenticeships.
“We were told by local PCSOs that the Glenbank area needed cleaning. We found a lot of rubbish, including needles. One of the residents there came out to thank the young people, which was nice.”
Warren Loveridge, 18, was among the group of youngsters who took part in the clean-up operation.
He said: “It’s good. We collected a lot of beer cans.
“But some people don’t respect what we do because there’s always rubbish back on the streets straight away afterwards.”
Youth worker Dave Sinclair said: “It went really well. When we were out in the Glenbank area, people were astonished that young people were out to help.
“The residents all said it was fantastic.”
As a reward for their hard work, the litter pickers were presented with a certificate by the mayor of Wellingborough on Thursday, April 11.
They will also be treated to a game at the Laser Maze in Wellingborough.