From 11 to 27 September, Keep Britain Tidy will once more be organising the UK’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign, The Great British September Clean 2020, after the Spring Clean was postponed due to COVID-19.
Colchester Borough Council have pledged our support for this year’s Great British September Clean.
Last year, 29 organised litter picks took place across the borough, resulting in 616 70-litre bags of litter and waste being collected. More than half (54%) of the items collected were discarded plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles, which were subsequently recycled.
This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled.
Volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into three bags: one for plastic bottles; one for aluminium cans and a third for the rest of the rubbish.
This September however we want to make sure that everyone stays safe while doing their bit for the environment and being part of the pick.
Following current Government guidance, there are two ways residents can get involved and show support for our Great British September Clean:
1. Organise a private group clean-up with up to five family & friends.
2. Pledge to do their own individual clean-up, giving as little as 15 minutes to the campaign
Government guidance on the lockdown may tighten or ease over time, so please follow changes to Government guidance.
The Great British Spring Clean is about demonstrating that you love where you live – whether that’s by ‘pledging to pick’ while you’re walking the dog or taking the kids to school, hosting a clean-up or joining someone else’s event.
We are asking all residents to pledge to do a litter pick during this time.
Our Neighbourhood Services teams can help with:
Keep Britain Tidy have produced a “How To Guide (PDF, 2.34KB)” for those hosting clean-ups, which contains vital health and safety advice, as well as advice about public liability insurance for the clean-ups.
There is also specific Coronavirus Guidance on their website for individual and groups.
If you decide to run a litter pick then please email email@example.com or contact your Neighbourhood wardens, so we can log your litter pick but also provide bags, loan litter pickers and arrange collection of the bags afterwards.