Thousands of Wiltshire residents took part in more than 140 litter picking events for the Great British Spring Clean this weekend. From 3-5 March 142 events were held across the county as more than 3,200 volunteers of all ages took part with 1,882 bags of rubbish collected so far. The events followed and exceeded 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. Last year 1,500 volunteers took part in more than 70 litter picks with 14 tonnes of rubbish collected. Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council joined the 3rd Chippenham Scouts as they picked up 29 bags of litter on Saturday morning. She said: “Wiltshire’s communities have once again turned out in their thousands to tidy up their local area demonstrating the amazing community spirit which is unique to this county. I was delighted to be invited to join the 3rd Chippenham Scouts and was overwhelmed at their enthusiasm to take part and make a difference. This enthusiasm was evident all over Wiltshire as so many people took part in Spring Clean events.” She added: “The council is looking at how it can encourage people to stop throwing litter. Currently £2.5 million is spent on picking up litter and this money could be allocated to other vital services. I hope events like the Great British Spring Clean will raise awareness and that by working with local communities we can make Wiltshire litter free in the future.” Wiltshire Council supported communities by helping them register their events on the Great British Spring Clean website for the weekend and delivering litter picking equipment where required. Wiltshire Council contractors Idverde is collecting all the bags of litter in a one-off collection following the events. Wiltshire Council has also scheduled the litter picking of all the main routes through Wiltshire, including the A36, A350 and A303. Litter picking on the A350 began on 20 February and will continue for six weeks. So far the teams have collected between 40 and 50 bags of litter each day. From 20 March ‘Stop and Go’ traffic management will join the teams on the A350. Litter picking of the A36 and A303 begins on 13 March and ‘Stop and Go’ traffic management will be required while the work is carried out. Litter picking on all the six million square metres of council amenity grass is starting this month and will be completed over a four week period.