Throughout March more than 700 residents took to the streets as Litter Heroes to carryout the second ever Great British Spring Clean – a national campaign empowering volunteers to help clean up the country.
We encouraged community groups, schools, individuals and businesses to step up and take part in Keep Britain Tidy's community litter-pick and they didn't disappoint. Over 30 groups took part in the clear up in total, despite tricky weather conditions such as the 'Beast from the East'. Throughout the month hard-working volunteers collected enough litter to fill around 200 bags with rubbish and 200 bags with recycling. Collecting recyclable litter is especially valuable as they can be used again and will no longer be left littering the floor or end up in landfill.
Portfolio Holder for Environment Sustainability and Regulatory Services, Councillor Janice Marshall, said, "A huge thank you to all those involved for your hard work taking part in the Great British Spring Clean. Your actions have not only helped to keep our neighbourhoods clean and tidy, but act as an inspiration to others to keep our areas clean in future."
To complement the Great British Spring Clean, we visited local primary schools and Scouts groups and taught around 450 children about the problems litter causes, such as damage to wildlife and our environment as well as the importance of recycling rubbish.
If you are caught dropping litter you could face a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.
All year round, the Clean Safe and Green department can loan out litter-pick sticks and supply and arrange the collection of bags for litter, as well as clear bags for any recyclable litter, such as plastic bottles and cans. To request litter picking equipment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your event. Visit our community litter picks page to find out more.