Tackling rubbish head on
Housing staff in Barton-upon-Humber have given Overton Court a big tidy up and removed two large skips worth of rubbish after the estate was being used as a dumping ground for waste.
On Thursday 10 March a team of four staff removed scrap metal, settees, nappies, bags of rubbish and general litter people had abandoned in Overton Court.
It took four hours to clear the waste with the help of some residents. Caretakers also took various bulky items to the local recycling centre, including three mattresses, a washing machine, a dishwasher, two TV’s and a microwave.
Jo Sylvester, Ongo Housing Officer, said: “Although I’ve been a Housing Officer for four years, I’ve just recently taken over responsibility for Barton. During my first couple of weeks I took a walk around Overton Court and was shocked at the state of the area. There were nappies, scrap metal, sofas, bags of rubbish and litter scattered everywhere, someone had even decided to have a bonfire.
“I wrote to all the tenants to let them know what I had found and that I would be arranging for two skips to be delivered to the estate to assist them in cleaning up.
“Within minutes of the skips arriving some tenants were bringing out their rubbish and by 1pm the area was free of rubbish. Some of the younger tenants were also offering to help the more elderly residents who were struggling to bring their items out. There was a real feel of community spirit emerging.
“I was able to use this opportunity to get to know the residents as well as explain how to safely dispose of rubbish.”