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What a load of rubbish
Friday 11th April 2014 @ 10:18 by Lisa B
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A teacher is appealing to people to stop throwing dangerous rubbish into the grounds of her school.

JOB DONE: Some of the 20 rubbish bags and the hard-working volunteers which filled them.

JOB DONE: Some of the 20 rubbish bags and the hard-working volunteers which filled them.

She’s terrified youngsters will get hurt from falling on broken glass or jagged metal.

She believes that unless people change their ways, that could happen.

Gamesley Primary is protected  by steel fencing, but it’s not stopped cans and bottles being lobbed over.

Some of the accident-potential debris has landed in the Grindleford Grove school’s sports field.

Spanish and environmental studies teacher Rebecca Bridges said: “It was in an appalling condition.

“It was as if people had walked past the school and deliberately thrown drinks cans and bottles in.”

GETTING STARTED: Lenia and Destiny, both 10, and Kaylee, nine, bags and grabbers at the ready.

GETTING STARTED: Lenia and Destiny, both 10, and Kaylee, nine, bags and grabbers at the ready.

Rebecca was so concerned that she organised a rubbish sweep on Saturday and asked pupils and parents to go along to help.

More than 30 did and they found the problem was so bad they almost collected a big industrial sackful each.

“We filled 20 bags in an hour, there was just so much,” she said.

“We are just hoping now that people respect it and nothing else is thrown in.”

Drinks containers made up most of the rubbish, but the not so rich pickings collected from close to the perimeter fence, also included paper, plastic and cardboard.

Rebecca, who hopes that a school garden and raised beds will be created now the mess has been moved, thanked Hadfield firm Markovitz for supplying the sacks and High Peak Borough Council for coming up with the rubbish grabbers.

She just hopes that neither are needed again.

by David Jones