Over 200 lend a hand and clean up in seven parishes

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CIGARETTE butts and drinks bottles made up the majority of the hundreds of kilograms of rubbish collected as part of the ecoJersey parish clean-up event.

Over 200 volunteers turned up to the JEP initiative to help collect 370kg of rubbish across seven different parishes.

The event was held for two hours from 10am until midday on Sunday and included clean-up stations in St Helier, Trinity, St Saviour, Grouville, St Clement, St John and St Peter.

Islander Jo Ferbrache, one of the organisers of the event, was stationed in St Peter last weekend and was joined by a number of volunteers, who included parish Constable Richard Vibert and Senator Kristina Moore.

Mrs Ferbrache said the majority of rubbish found was cigarette butts and drinks bottles.

‘It was such a fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning, doing our bit to help the community while meeting other eco-friends of Jersey. The weather held out for us as well, considering it was meant to be thunder and lightning, which didn’t come until much later in the day,’ she said.

‘Participants commented on how at first glance, there didn’t seem to be much to do, but once they started looking closer, there were a lot of little bits of plastic and cigarette butts to pick up,’ she added.

Mrs Ferbrache said that a group of tourists commented on how they thought Jersey was ‘very clean’ when compared to other places around the world.

‘We had support from people walking past as well, cheering on those who took part from the sidelines.

‘A real community initiative,’ she said.

‘A massive thank-you to Connor Morley, of Morley’s Removals, who helped us to remove all of the rubbish that was collected,’ she added.

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