ASDA’s Big Canal Clean Up

Nearly 240 volunteers from ASDA House spent five days litter picking up and down the waterways in Leeds, doing something positive to clean up the canal and tackle plastic pollution.

Back in September volunteers from Asda Head Office in Leeds partnered up with Canal & River Trust to embark on one of the UK’s largest canal clean ups, spanning 10 miles of waterways across the city, in just five days.

The aim? To clean up the canal and do something to tackle plastic pollution.

The week began down at Newlay Locks in Kirkstall, with teams of volunteers taking to the water in canoes to litter pick in the canal. Teams also followed alongside on the towpath, picking up waste and helping to clean up the surrounding areas. Around 240 volunteers helped out along the way, with the final volunteer team reaching Knostrop Lock by Friday afternoon.

The event was a huge success, with 1,841kg of litter picked including a whopping 809kg of plastics. Local company, Maltings Organics Treatments Ltd is now in the process of creating a bench made from 100% recycled plastic collected during the week which will be placed on the canal outside Asda House.

An ASDA volunteer commented: “We had a great day out for an important and very relevant cause. We really mucked in and pulled a lot of junk out of the water!”

VAL’s Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) team work closely with Asda to coordinate mutually beneficial team volunteering days for their colleagues, such as this event with Canal & River Trust. In 2019 alone, over 1000 volunteers from Asda have supported local organisations, charities and community projects.

If you would like to get staff from your organisation out volunteering, or if you have a project where you could use a team of volunteers, please get in touch we’d love to hear from you!
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