Coats, shoes, fast food packaging and flower pots were among the haul of litter collected from the River Uck in Uckfield yesterday.
Altogether there were 35 sacks of litter, much of it environmentally damaging plastics. In addition, about half a ton of dumped metal was removed including two bikes and an animal cage.
About 30 people gathered to help with the clean-up including residents and members of Red Watch from Uckfield Fire Station who wore wet suits and so were able to reach more inaccessible areas.
Neil Kerridge from Brighter Uckfield said the group was very grateful to the firefighters for their help and also Ouse and Adur River Trust members who came from various parts of East Sussex, including Brighton and Rottingdean.
Neil added: “This was another successful annual river clean-up, and every year the amount we remove seems to be less.
“This is partly because the river is being made progressively cleaner by the actions of the volunteers, but also because we are now trying to actively tackle fly tipping and bank side littering as best we can as it occurs throughout the year.”
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