Trash-busting OAP cleans five TONNES of rubbish from village river

Waldemar Woźniak from the village of Pszenno, which has a population of around 1,600 people, cleared five tonnes of rubbish from the banks of the Bystrzyca river. Swidnica24.pl

A retired Post Office worker has stunned locals by clearing up five tonnes of rubbish in just five days.

Waldemar Woźniak from the village of Pszenno, near Świdnica in Lower Silesia, completed his trash-busting clearance from the banks of the Bystrzyca  river after getting fed up with the amount of junk being thrown in. 

He told local media: “Everything was there. Tires for tractor wheels, car parts, old computers, sofa beds.

“When filling the last containers I had to ask a friend for help.  

Raised in a children’s home, the ex post-office worker said it was his way of paying back his debt of gratitude to the state. Swidnica24.pl

He added: “The work was very hard due to brushwood and a lot of tangled blackberries. 

“But the village administrator took care of me, I got drinks, gloves, bags and something sweet.” 

Previous cleaning campaigns have seen Woźniak clear rubbish from the banks of the river Pilawa, which runs through his village, and a mighty 40 tonnes of litter from around the nearby village of Jakubowo.

It took the retiree five days to clear the river of rubbish including tractor tires, car parts, old computers and sofa beds.Swidnica24.pl

Head of his local commune, Teresa Mazurek said: “I admire Mr Waldemar, what he does for our commune is amazing.

“He's the number one ecologist! I will thank him for all his efforts during our harvest festival. 

Previous cleaning campaigns have seen Woźniak clear rubbish from the banks of the river Pilawa, which runs through his village, and a mighty 40 tonnes of litter from around the nearby village of Jakubowo.Swidnica24.pl

“I also hope that the village council will support Mr Waldemar with even a refund of fuel.

Woźniak says his next cleaning task will begin in the autumn when it is cooler.