The efforts of volunteer waste warriors who gave up their time to clean up a bit of Meon Valley countryside plagued with fly-tipping will be seen on television tomorrow night.
Channel 5’s Filthy Britain SOS will follow the group as they find and remove dozens of oil containers, car parts, lorry tyres, a fridge and even a bottle shaped like a chicken from a footpath near Swanmore.
Tyres thrown down a hill by fly-tippers were hauled up and a trailer base was cut up with a disc cutter and removed for disposal.
The volunteers were helped by local farmer Shane and his dog and L&S Waste Management provided a skip to take away the rubbish.
Local businessman Martin Montague, founder of the ClearWaste.com fly-tip reporting app and website, who organised the clean-up, said: “We found and removed a huge amount of stuff that was not only an eyesore but was also a danger to wildlife and the environment in general.
“Waste crime is disgraceful – these fly-tippers don’t care about the harm they do to the countryside as was proved by what we found today – amongst them was some very sharp metal items and an oil drum with oil in it.
“Fortunately there are some lovely, public-spirited people around like the folks who turned up today to help. Some of what they did today was really back-breaking and I’m really grateful to everyone who came to help.”
The programme will be shown at 8pm.