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Edition No. 90

Date:- 14 March 2003

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Thousands help to delete Liverpool's Rubbish Mountains across the city.
 
A SMALL army of volunteers are backing Liverpool’s Capital of Culture bid – by helping clean up the city.

More than three thousand have volunteered to take part in ten giant community clean-ups right across the city – from Croxteth to Speke.

A mountain of rubbish and junk is expected to be shifted when the litter-busters get to work next week. The clean-ups have been organised as part of the city’s G-Litter festival – a gigantic spring clean as part of its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008.

A staggering 600 people have volunteered to give Toxteth a spring clean on March 25, organiser Joe Feeley said:- “The response of local people has been amazing. They are so enthusiastic. We were hoping for a couple of dozen to join the clean-up. I was staggered when 600 volunteered – and the numbers are going up every day." 

G-Litter - a unique community-led campaign - is much more than just sprucing up the city. It is tackling the problem of litter on the streets in a new, creative and inventive way with artists, musicians, street theatre and high fashion all being used to turn litter picking into a cultural carnival. 
 
Councillor Mike Storey, the leader of the city council, said:- "Litter is a hot issue for every city. In Liverpool, we are serious about cleaning up our streets and are involving the whole community 

The city council is investing £70 million over the next decade in cleaning up Liverpool. We have launched a campaign to clean up graffiti and shopkeepers have been asked not to sell spray paints to teenagers.”
LIVERPOOL KIDS LOVE GRIME!
 
A LIVERPOOL primary school has been overrun with rats and an outbreak of deadly germs. Ironically it has proven to be a hit with its pupils.

Youngsters at Mother Teresa Primary School have been making huge ‘litter bug’ carnival costumes, dressing up as rats and creating monster germs as part of the drive to clean up the city. They have even turned piles of junk into some extraordinary musical instruments.

Teacher Zoe Spears said, “Litter is a big problem and is a subject we take seriously in school. We’re always teaching the children not to drop litter and look after the environment.

Children from four classes have spent weeks making some wonderful costumes from everyday litter and rubbish. They are very colourful and they have come up with some amazing creations. Parents have joined in too. It’s great for the school to be involved.”


The carnival of children on March 27 will be parading in rat and germ costumes throughout Liverpool city centre. 
 
 
 
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