Council supports residents in a ‘Great British Spring Clean’

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

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

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.

Running from 2 to 4 March, and promoted by Keep Britain Tidy, the Great British Spring Clean wants to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Northumberland County 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.

Officers will be on hand to give advice, and essential equipment can be loaned to groups who want to collect litter.  Council teams can also arrange to pick up the bagged waste afterwards.

An ‘environmental prize’ that supports community clean up activity will be offered by the council to the group which collects the most litter during the Great British Spring Clean weekend, with their prize presented at the annual Love Northumberland awards.

Last year’s winners received a Superbin, a large steel litter bin with a storage compartment for volunteers litter picking equipment.  

Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and 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 encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part.

“We can offer equipment, waste collection and all the advice and guidance that groups might need.  Together we can make a real difference and clean up the environment on our doorsteps.”

If you would like to loan equipment such as litter pickers, hi-visibility vests, gloves and rubbish bags you should email nicola.wardle@northumberland.gov.uk or phone 01670 622997 by Friday 23rd February.

To find out more about the campaign, and register your event, visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk
 
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