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'Ashburton College students and Litter Free Ashburton volunteers with some of the rubbish collected.

A group of Ashburton College students have given up some holiday time to help Litter Free Ashburton clean up rubbish from a section of the Ashburton River.

A dozen pairs of extra hands joined regular volunteers to complete the litter blitz in double quick time.

Those lending a hand were senior students, college leaders and members of the environment committee.

Collectors met at the end of Melrose Road and went west up the riverbed for a couple of kilometres.

Litter Free Ashburton spokesperson Bev Skates said the students had worked hard in hot conditions and helped to accumulate more than 25 bags of rubbish.

Mrs Skates said the usual assortment of cans, bottles and general rubbish had been found.

There was also an old couch, plenty of covid masks, a pogo stick and plastic items.

“People would have to drive out here to this beauty spot to dump these things – it’s ridiculous what some people do,” she said.

The clean-up was in addition to the usual monthly rubbish collection carried out by volunteers from Litter Free Ashburton.

Volunteers meet at 1.30pm on the second Thursday of the month at the water fountain on East Street and usually collect for an hour at a variety of locations.