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New Year’s Day street clean led by youth group in Hounslow

Hundreds of Muslim youths hit the streets across the UK with litter-pickers and bin bags on 1 January 2020 as part of a nationwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) initiative.

Published: Thursday, 9th January 2020

Image of AMYA Youth after their new years day clean up.

Hundreds of Muslim youths hit the streets across the UK with litter-pickers and bin bags on 1 January 2020 as part of a nationwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) initiative to clean up our streets after the new-year festivities, and Hounslow was no exception. 

The Middlesex branch of AMYA congregated at Feltham Assembly Hall to litter-pick in three main locations; Feltham Park, Hanworth Park and the alleyway leading to Orchard Road. They were joined by local Councillor Hanif Khan and Abdul Quddus Arif, the National President of AMYA UK. In total, 81 youth members took part across the borough.  

Passers-by and members from the local community supported those cleaning wishing them a Happy New Year and thanking them for their work.

The bagged waste and recyclable materials were collected from the three locations by Hounslow Highways, who manage street cleaning and highway maintenance on behalf of Hounslow Council.

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member at Hounslow Council and Ward Councillor for Hanworth Park said said:

“It was a great turnout today and an incredible team effort from the youth of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

“Initiatives like this help the council immensely when resources are so stretched and fully support the council’s Cleaner Borough Strategy that encourages and assists community groups in helping to improve their local areas.

“I would like to personally thank all who got involved today and also on behalf of the local community. Well done! Please keep up the commitment and love you show for the community.”

This isn’t the first time that AMYA has done such initiatives, blood drives, tree planting and helping the homeless are all part of their annual activities to help improve the area around them. With the war against single-use plastic being so high on the international agenda, this year AMYA feels the new year must begin with a nationwide plastic and waste clean to help counteract the environmental damage being done by plastic waste.

If you like to organise or get involved with a clean-up in your area, please get in touch with BusinessManagement@HounslowHighways.org and Highwayspfi@hounslow.gov.uk for information and assistance. 

Look out for Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean starting in March again this year.  As a borough we had the greatest number of registered clean-ups last year.  Let’s do the same for 2020

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