Two community groups have been leading the fight against fly-tipping.
Volunteers from UK Islamic organisations One Community and the Islamic Diversity Centre (IDC) embarked on their Clean-Up campaign at the Riverside Park, in Hebburn, South Tyneside.
Both organisations hope to have a big impact clearing the mess caused by fly tipping and anti-social conduct in the borough’s biggest parks.
Project manager Abu Tayeb believes UK Muslims must strive to improve their local area, in order to create a more pleasant environment for people of all faiths.
He said: “It went really well. We had about 20 volunteers but we had a lot of words of encouragement from passers-by as well.
“We have done these neighbourhood clean-up programmes before in Newcastle but we wanted to spread it out more and encourage more people to get involved.
“The government’s austerity cuts have had a knock-on effect things like littering and, as a Muslim, part of our duty is to be active in the community and help our communities.
“Indeed, it is reported that the Prophet Muhammad said “removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.” If we are true to the teachings of our religion, we should be having a positive effect on the world around us, and this initiative is a great way to do just that.
“The beautiful thing about this campaign is you don’t have to be of a certain religion to get involved – it’s about coming together for the common good.”
South Tyneside’s Lord Mayor joined the volunteers and also got stuck-in with the clean-up.
For more information go to www.OurOneCommunity.com
Originally written by Sara Nichol for Chronicle Live