Council calls out for cleaning champions

18 Jan 2017

Northumberland County Council is backing a flagship campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March.

The brand new Great British Spring Clean will roll out for the first time in 2017, with a view to it becoming an annual event helping to bring people together and clean up the country.

The project, which runs from March 3-5, is also backed by the key anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful , Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.

The council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up the litter from streets, parks and beaches. The scheme will be promoted through all the county’s schools, community groups and environmental champions who will be encouraged to take part or organise a clean up event in their local area.

Equipment can be provided and the council will also help collect rubbish that’s been gathered.

A series of council-led clean-up events are also in the pipeline at hot-spots throughout the county, involving local councillors, while prizes will be given for schools and communities which collect the most rubbish.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: ‘We are justifiably proud of our beautiful county and are determined to keep it that way.

“ We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and we encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part’.


“We’ve got a range of activities taking place over the two days which will give a real boost to the work our teams are doing all year round to keep Northumberland clean and tidy.”

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

To take part in the campaign and set up an event visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk