Wickham kids lead the way in rubbish collection

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VideoWickham Tidy Towns hosted a clean up last Saturday

Wickham’s youngsters are leading the way when it comes to keeping their town tidy, coming out in force with their parents to help clean up the streets.

The Wickham Tidy Towns group hosted its latest clean-up last weekend and about a third of more than 50 volunteers were children.

More than 700 bags — two large Toxfree skip bins full — of rubbish was collected by a mix of families, community groups and local businesses over a few hours on Saturday morning. Wickham’s Tidy Towns secretary Kelly Nunn said it was heartening to see so many children out and about, and even enjoying picking up rubbish.

“The kids are so involved,” she said. “Whenever they go for a walk somewhere they are always the ones saying we need to go for another clean-up.

“They drive us just as much as we drive ourselves.”

Levi, 7, Harmony, 9, Riley, 10 and Jonte Brown, 12, and Toby Nunn, 8, helped clean up Wickham last weekend.
Camera IconLevi, 7, Harmony, 9, Riley, 10 and Jonte Brown, 12, and Toby Nunn, 8, helped clean up Wickham last weekend. Credit: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr

In what is becoming a positive problem for the Tidy Towns group, volunteers are having to venture further afield to fill their bags with rubbish. The program has been running for several years and makes use of the City of Karratha’s bucks for bags program, where community groups can claim money for each bag collected.

“We have really noticed a dramatic decrease in rubbish, which is good,” Mrs Nunn said.

“Every clean-up this year we have had two or three contracting companies send their blokes down too. They are not picking up for anyone in particular, they are just here to help out and do the right thing.”

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