Skegby ‘can man’ on a cleaning up mission

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It is one Skegby man’s mission to rid the countryside of all of the unsightly can and bottles strewn by careless litter louts.

John ‘The Can Man’ Cooper is obsessed with collecting the litter from the streets and has picked up more than 60,000 cans since he started the mission in 2013.

He regularly takes walks around the town to clear the area - and donates the cans to charity who then convert the rubbish into cash.

The 62-year-old, of Dalestorth Street, said it started off as a bit of exercise but then spiralled into a full blown hobby.

He said; “It has become an obsession. I walk four times a week for around 2 and a half hours and take a big black bag with me. Then I just walk around and pic the cans up as I go. By the end of the route it’s so heavy.

“Even if I’m driving along and I see a can, I have to stop my car and pick it up.”

Skegby resident John Cooper has been picking up cans while out on his daily walks collecting as many as 60,000 discarded cans in the last few years, John is pictured with some cans collected over just a couple of days

Skegby resident John Cooper has been picking up cans while out on his daily walks collecting as many as 60,000 discarded cans in the last few years, John is pictured with some cans collected over just a couple of days

He said he was upset that so many people thought it was acceptable to litter so regularly.

“It is just appalling seeing so many cans everywhere. I can walk along one stretch of road and completely clear it, then a few days later it’s back to the state it was in. People should be more responsible.”

He is know locally as The Can Man - and even has a special t shirt he wears covered in cans.

He then donates the full bags to Can Collect in Nottingham which recycles the used cans.