Riverside clean-up given extra boost by supermarket staff

Picture caption: Staff from Asda joined forces with Leeds City Council’s environmental team on the clean-up.

Back Row: (L-R) - Rebecca Ure, Neil Eccles, Dave Morgan, Tom Thornton and Mel Hunter-Steele

Front Row: (L-R) - Rebecca Lythe, Charlotte Farrar and Sonja Woodcock (Business Doing Good, Voluntary Action Leeds)

Volunteers from a Leeds-based supermarket have joined forces with members of the council’s environmental team this month to help keep a popular stretch of canal walkway free of litter.

As part of the ‘Business Doing Good in Leeds’ initiative, which forms part of an employer supported volunteering program by Voluntary Action Leeds, over 100 members of staff based at Asda House agreed to take on the challenge of assisting council crews in their clean-up of the riverside walks from Armley Mills Museum to Thwaite Mills in Stourton.

In a productive day of action, over 200 bags of rubbish and general litter were removed from the canal walkways and surrounding streets by the team.

For more information about ‘Business Doing Good’ and employer supported volunteering, please contact esv@val.org.uk

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said:

"The council’s environmental crews work extremely hard throughout the year to keep our communities clear of litter, and it was fantastic that over 80 members of Asda staff volunteered to help our team clean-up one of the city’s popular canal walkways and surrounding streets.

"I would like to thank Asda for taking part and doing their bit to help keep Leeds clean and tidy which should be the responsibility of everyone who lives in our city, and not just a council, organisation or local group.

"We look forward to taking part in similar environmental projects with other local employers through the Business Doing Good volunteering programme in the future."

Rebecca Lythe, chief compliance officer, of Asda said:

"This has been a great opportunity to do something as a team but also give something back to the community and our home city. We spend a lot of time in the office or in our stores and depots, so to go outdoors for a few hours and see that we’ve made a difference to our area is fantastic.

"I’d like to say thank you to Voluntary Action Leeds and Leeds City Council for arranging this opportunity and providing the equipment."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk