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The Great British Spring Clean 20 March – 13 April 2020
Colchester Borough Council have pledged our support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from March 20th to April 13th, will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.
The Great British Spring Clean, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show they love where they live and in 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.
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.
We are encouraging residents, local groups, parish councils, schools and businesses to join in the Great British Spring Clean this year.
Our Neighbourhood Services teams can help with:
Keep Britain Tidy have produced a “how to” guide for those hosting clean-ups, which contains vital health and safety advice, as well as advice about public liability insurance for the clean-ups as well promotional posters for groups wishing to hold a clean-up. These can be downloaded from their website here Great British Spring Clean
There are lots of reasons why it’s important to get involved.
More than 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day, with litter blighting our streets, parks and beaches and costing us nearly £1 billion a year to clear up.
Of those who took part in the Great British Spring Clean and responded to Keep Britain Tidy’s survey, many report positive mental health benefits:
If you decide to run a letter pick then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to 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.