People across Wiltshire are being encouraged to join in one of more than 100 litter picks organised so far as part of the county’s response to the Great British Spring Clean event this March.
Following last year’s success of Clean for the Queen to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, in which Wiltshire was second only to London in the amount of litter collected, Keep Britain Tidy is launching the Great British Spring Clean to bring people together once again.
Last year In Wiltshire 1,400 volunteers took part in more than 70 litter picks and 14 tonnes of rubbish were collected during Clean for the Queen.
This year promises to be even bigger with 146 events arranged so far and thousands of volunteers poised to take part across the county.
Wiltshire Council is supporting communities by helping them register their events on the Great British Spring Clean website for the weekend of 3, 4 and 5 March 2017. The council will also provide litter picking equipment if required and arrange a one-off collection following the events.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “We had a tremendous response from communities across Wiltshire last year and this year’s Great British Spring Clean is shaping up to be even better. The fantastic participation in these community events demonstrates how Wiltshire comes together and makes a real difference.
“Wiltshire is a beautiful county but we need to encourage everybody to respect our county and keep it clean. We currently spend around £2.5 million a year picking up litter – this money could be better allocated on vital services.”
Wiltshire Council has also scheduled the litter picking of all the main routes through Wiltshire, including the A36 and A303, to coincide with the event. Litter picking has started last week on the A350 and is scheduled to be continued over the next six weeks. Litter picking on all the six million square metres of council amenity grass will begin in March and be completed over a four week period.
People can find out about local litter picking events by going to the Great British Spring website – http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk/home/2684
Groups wishing to get involved can visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-spring-clean for details on contacting the local community engagement manager and preparations for the event.