Berkshire youngster targets metric tonne of rubbish in litter picking challenge

  • Video report from ITV News Meridian's Mike Pearse

A youngster from Berkshire has set himself a challenging target to pick up one metric tonne of rubbish in an attempt to help the environment.

But while Harry Peksa has been out litter picking he's found more discarded items than he bargained for.

Inspired to help the environment he's already picked up thousands of items. What he never expected were so many things that have been dumped like a clamp, car bumper and a chair.

  • Harry Peksa

Harry said: "In assembly I learnt about COP 26 and i thought why are people so bad for the environment so I thought I want to make a difference."

"I just want it get one metric tonne in under a year."

Some of Harry's more peculiar finds. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Harry has started a blog and has a Facebook page so people can follow his progress. 

Harry's Dad, Nick, said: "I would probably say, if you imagine a bin bag full of rubbish... it's about two kilograms."

"So we'll probably need about 500 bags full!"

And although it seems like a monumental task, Harry is confident he can reach his one tonne target within the space of a year.