Superbins for some super litter pickers

10 Apr 2017


Commitment to keeping Northumberland clean and green has seen a school and a community group each win a new ‘superbin’.

Bothal Primary School in Ashington and a Newbiggin residents group both took part in the Great British Spring Clean in early March - and were judged to have collected more bags of rubbish than any other groups.

The super-bins are a toolbox for a park or other public area.  They are a combination of a large covered litter bin, a locked toolbox and a poster frame.  

In the toolbox you can keep equipment like litter pickers, bin bags, gloves and other equipment, while in the poster frame you can advertise a campaign or the next organised litter pick.

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign promoted by Keep Britain Tidy which aims to bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter thrown down by a small minority of people whose anti-social actions can blight our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

The initiative in the county has been supported by Northumberland County Council, which provided support with litter picking and disposing of waste, as well as offering these prizes for the best efforts of a school and a local group.

Paul Jones, director of local services at Northumberland County Council said:  “The spring clean initiative is a great chance for people to work together, and with the council, to help improve their neighbourhoods.

“These groups have done a fantastic job in cleaning up their areas as part of The Great British Spring Clean and their actions show the great community spirit and civic pride that makes Northumberland such a fantastic place to live, work and visit.  I hope they like the superbins and find them useful in supporting their ongoing environmental work.”

Ashington Town Council worked with Bothal Primary School children on the Great British Spring Clean litter campaign. As part of the initiative Ashington Town Council ran a poster and banner competition which attracted hundreds of entries. Judging  was very difficult but the eventual winners were: Ebony-Joan Armstrong who had drawn the best poster and Ethan Collier who created the best banner. Both banners and posters will be displayed throughout the town and each winner receives a gift voucher.

Litter remains a huge problem across the UK, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.