Two teenagers who have been busy clearing the streets have been thanked for their hard work by council officers.
Eli Wade, 13, and Charlie Tyler, 14, have spent the last two months litter-picking whenever they get the chance and have cleared a huge amount of the Rutland Heights estate where Eli lives.
The Mercury publicised their efforts in February and now they have been recognised with a letter of thanks from South Kesteven District Council.
The council has also provided extra recycling bags, litter pickers, gloves and high-visibility jackets, and arranged for extra collections for the waste they collected.
Waste and recycling service manager Pat Swinton said: “The two lads have done a fantastic job and really aided our efforts in collecting litter in that part of Stamford.
“We hope this letter of thanks and card show that we as a council value the contribution they are continuing to make.
“It’s great when members of the community help us to keep one of our priorities to be clean, green and healthy.”
The friends, who both attend Casterton Business and Enterprise College, started litter picking in an effort to boost their applications to join the local police cadets as they hope to become police officers.
Unfortunately, Charlie’s application to become a cadet was turned down as there is no cadet force in Ketton, where he lives, and Eli can’t apply until he turns 14 in the summer.
Eli’s mother Melanie said the letter of thanks from the district council had boosted the boys’ efforts.
She said: “They were both really pleased to get an acknowledgement of what they have been doing and it has given them a bit of a boost.”
Melanie said despite their efforts, the rubbish was not decreasing on each visit and they were stunned to find a microwave dumped in a bush.
The boys have also regularly encountered dog waste in bags and Melanie believes this is due to a lack of bins specifically for dog waste.
But the boys have not been deterred and Melanie added: “They hope to take advantage of the Easter holidays to collect even more litter.”