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Wiltshire turns out in force for the Great British Spring Clean

Wiltshire turns out in force for the Great British Spring Clean

More than 3,000 volunteers of all ages took part in 157 Great British Spring Clean events in Wiltshire, collecting a huge 18.15 tonnes of rubbish.   The litter picks, which were held over the weekend of 3-5 March 2017, were hosted by community groups and schools throughout the county, as part of a nationwide Keep Britain Tidy campaign to bring people together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages and countryside.   Community groups from Wiltshire Council’s 18 community areas were lent litter picking equipment, and were also given advice and support.   The weekend’s activities were featured via a prominent social media campaign, which encouraged people to get involved and publicised the success of the campaign across the county.   The 3,193 volunteers collected 3,025 bags of rubbish over the weekend, which weighed in at 18.15 tonnes – the weight of 1.5 double decker buses. This was a significant increase on last year’s Clean for the Queen campaign, which saw 1,694 bags and 13.5 tonnes of rubbish collected.   Carlton Brand, Corporate Director, said: “I would just like to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers who helped clean up Wiltshire over the Great British Spring Clean weekend. It is so good to see our communities pulling together and to see volunteers of all ages turning out in all weathers to help combat the ever-increasing, unsightly problem of litter.   “To collect so much litter is a fantastic response, but of course we’d much rather report that there was no litter for volunteers to collect. Wiltshire is a beautiful county and it would be so good if everyone could respect the environment and do all they can to keep it clean and litter free.    “Wiltshire Council currently spends around £2.5m each year picking up litter, including buying equipment for community litter picks. If people didn’t thoughtlessly drop litter, that money could be spent on vital services. We’re developing plans to take further action to tackle this issue.”


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