Asda employees clean up Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Published: Thursday, 05 September 2019

SEEING the state of litter in and around the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the people from Asda decided on a week-long clean-up of the waterway.

Asda Canal LitterPick



Starting on Monday employees from the company started at Newlay Locks in Kirkstall, with relay teams of colleagues in canoes, boats on the water and on the land, working their way down the navigation to Knostrop Lock where the canal meets the river in Leeds, Alan Tilbury reports.

Seven miles

Known as the 'Asda Big Canal Clean-up’ they intend to cover the seven miles between the locks in five days, ending tomorrow, Friday, removing the extensive litter that has accumulated over the months from both the canal itself, the towpath and surrounding ground.

This will entail hundreds of Asda people from its various supermarkets and offices, and leave the canal once more clean and rtidy.

Transformed into a bench

The plastic that is collected will go to The Moalting Organic Treatment, where the Leeds based company will transform the plastic into a bench which will be installed along the canal in the coming weeks as a lasting reminder of the clean-up.

Chris Brown, Asda’s Senior Director for Sustainable Business, explained:

“As a proud Leeds-based company, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the waterways in our city, free from litter. We’re committed to tackling plastic waste in our own operations, but also have a rolling programme of litter picks in communities across the UK to remove plastic and other litter from our local environments.”