DOZENS of bags of rubbish have been taken off the streets thanks to the determined efforts of volunteers.
Litter-pickers met in town centres and recreation grounds across the area to spruce up in time for spring.
Little seven-year-old Harrison Cobb was out with his mother Claire Cobb, 33, in Gosport picking up rubbish on Saturday morning.
Harrison found two tyres, clothes, a can and cigarette butts strewn about the area near the Falkland Gardens.
He said: ‘It’s bad that they are actually littering and they should know littering is bad.’
Claire, a co-ordinator at Co-operative Funeralcare in Stoke Road, added: ‘As part of work we’re regularly encouraged to volunteer and get involved in the community.
‘This was the seventh time we’ve been on the litter-pick because it’s something that we can give back – it’s a nice thing to do.’
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage was also at the event with her young son Freddie, seven.
She said Radio Haslar provided music for the event, adding: ‘It’s also raising people’s awareness of the impact of keeping the area tidy.
‘The amount of money as taxpayers we spend on picking up other people’s rubbish is money we could alternatively be spending on hospitals and roads.
‘It was also a chance to have a spring clean.’
Clear-ups were also held in Stokes Bay, Rowner and Bridgemary.
In Fareham the borough council led a clear-up on Saturday – collecting 19 bags of rubbish from Wicor Recreation Ground in Portchester and another eight from Fareham town centre.
Councillor Leslie Keeble said: ‘It went very well.
‘The message is that people who throw down litter cost other residents extra council tax. It costs a lot of money to go round picking up litter people throw down.
‘Sometimes you see lots of litter around when you’ve got a lot of bins around.’
He added he was surprised by people who had picked up after their dogs had made a mess but then put the plastic bags containing the mess on tree branches.
‘In a couple of places they’d just hung it on a branch,’ he added.
‘It’s not as if there aren’t sufficient bins.’
Purbrook and Widley Residents Association led a clear-up on Sunday starting at the green adjacent to the Lovedean Motor Company at the junction of London Road and Ladybridge Road.