Litter Free Ashburton volunteers with the rubbish collected after a recent 90-minute blitz in the Ashburton CBD.

Litter Free Ashburton has done its first monthly rubbish blitz of the new year and left the Ashburton central business district (CBD) looking all the better for it.

Eleven volunteers donned gloves and high vis vests and split up to collect in the CBD and as far north as the Countdown complex.

Spokesperson Shirley Falloon said two new volunteers had joined regulars for the litter collection, which had amassed 16 bags.

The group had been operating for three years now and was supported by Ashburton District Council.

Litter hot spots included the North Park Reserve, the area around the Tinwald Bridge and Range Street and central Ashburton.

Mrs Falloon said the upgrade of the CBD was looking good, but there was still too much litter around.

One unfortunate consequence of the upgrade was that the new rain gardens were proving a collection area for litter.

Discarded face masks were also a recent addition to the cans, cigarette butts and fast food wrappers that were usually collected, she said.

Litter Free Ashburton volunteers meet at 1.30pm on the second Thursday of the month at the water fountain on East Street. Rubbish collectors are allocated areas and the collection is finished by around 3pm.