Play your part in the Great British Spring Clean

Northumberland County Council is backing a national campaign to get people out and about cleaning up their local communities this Spring.

The Great British Spring Clean is all about showing you care about the environment on your doorstep, as well as making a positive impact by clearing litter pollution from your local street, park or beach.

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.

This year the Spring Clean runs for a full month from 22nd March to 23rd April.Promoted by Keep Britain Tidy, the scheme 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, individuals and their own staff and councillors 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.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services, said: ‘We are so proud of our beautiful county and are determined to keep it that way.

“We all have our part to play in keeping Northumberland clean and want to encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part over the month of the spring clean.

“I’d also encourage my fellow local councillors to become involved and help join events in the county.

“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.”

To find out more about campaign, and register your event visit https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/

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 March 13th.
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