42 bags of rubbish collected from River Don in blitz on blackspot

River Don clean up
River Don clean up

Half a bath and enough rubbish to fill 42 black bags has been cleared from the River Don in Jarrow.

Volunteers from South Tyneside Council and the Tyne Rivers Trust got their hands dirty to blitz the area near Primrose Nature Reserve.

River Don clean up

River Don clean up

The action was part of a nationwide British Big Spring Clean event which took place on March 10 - week later than first scheduled due to the bad weather.

Jenny Elliott, volunteer co-ordinator with the Tyne Rivers Trust said: “We were quite shocked at some of the things we were finding.

“There was a lot of general rubbish, crisp packets, bottles, cans but we also found toys and half a bath dumped in the river.

“We collected 42 bags in total along with half a bath. Despite the weather not being as good, we did have quite a successful day. We also had residents coming down and joining us.

We were shocked at the things we were finding.

Jenny Elliott

“We are hoping to organise more clean ups in the area, which will make the area a much better place for people to visit.”

Tyne Rivers Trust is an independent environmental charity dedicated to improving and protecting the River Tyne and its tributaries by working with communities.

For more information on the Trust and to register an interest in helping to take part in a clean up email j.elliott@tyneriverstrust.org or call 01434 636 900.

River Don clean up

River Don clean up

River Don clean up

River Don clean up