Last year the 'Clean for the Queen' Campaign was a huge success with more than 500 people taking part in over 40 spring clean events from 4-6 March 2016 to support the national event. Communities from Highwoods to Mersea and Tiptree to Wivenhoe embraced the community spirit by leading or joining in events and were supported by our Zone teams throughout.
This year, to continue on with the success, we taking part in the 'Great British Spring Clean' which will encourage residents to join forces in giving some TLC to their local neighbourhoods. This can range from litter picking, to touching up paintwork and Zone teams will be onside to offer support. The event is set for 3rd to 5th March 2017
Residents and groups are asked to register their planned clean up on our website so CBC can measure the efforts made by our community as a whole. Those registering a clean up event also have the option to apply for funding which could assist with required equipment.
To register your event, apply for funding and for a chance to win bespoke litter pickers for the occasion, please CLICK HERE.
As less funding is available this year, Councillors may wish to assist with a local event by requesting for additional funding through their share of Locality budgets. (Deadline for Locality Budget applications is 28th February)
For more information on Locality Budgets and to access the application form, please CLICK HERE
If you are interested in volunteering on a longer term basis to pick litter and keep your neighbourhoods clean, you can register a a Litter Warrior. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
"It takes more than biting winds and icy rain to crush the spirits of the Layer Marney litter pickers! Organised by the Parish Meeting, the villagers do this every year, come rain, shine - or sometimes snow, but this year we were very pleased to join up with the Clean for the Queen campaign - and here we are, keen and raring to go!" Karen Perry, Parish Secretary
Litter poses serious social, economic and environmental costs. Colchester's Zone teams clean up, enforce, manage and monitor litter Borough wide. The cost of clearing up litter costs taxpayers almost £1 billion a year. Clean town centres and open spaces are valued by us all, contributing to a vibrant economy and places for us to enjoy.
Cigarette butts, crisp packets, drink containers, newspapers, in fact, anything that is dropped, thrown, left or deposited causes defacement in a public place. If you are caught littering we will work closely with our partners including the Police and Park Rangers to trace people which can result in a potential fine of £75 or, if prosecuted in court, a conviction of £2,500. This includes littering from a vehicle when we will also work with the DVLA. .
Litter bins are available throughout the borough for you to place your rubbish in and if there are no bins available, please take your rubbish home with you.
We regularly work on projects to encourage everyone to act responsibly in regard to their rubbish to reduce all forms of littering.
'Love Essex' Campaign
This year's Love Essex Campaign will start on the 15th August and run for 8 weeks.
The main focus of the campaign is to positively reinforce the message of tackling litter and evoking pride in our local environment.
From the start of the campaign Zone Teams will be contacting a number of groups, schools, the Army and local councillors to try to get everybody involved. They will also be monitoring the impact the campaign has on the Borough and its residents.
This campaign first launched in 2014, with local authorities across the county joining forces with fast food giants KFC, Dominos Pizza and McDonalds to tackle litter and raise awareness. It was given the 'Diamond Jubilee Partnership Award' at the recent 2015 Keep Britain Tidy national awards. To view more information on joint working across local authorities, please click here, and to show your support and watch the short video on campaign #BinIt facebook page, click here.
Last time our local efforts have contributed to an average Essex-wide litter reduction of 41% across a number of areas monitored.
If you would like to get involved with this campaign or anything else in the future, then please contact your local Zone Team..