Council's Love Your Streets campaign backs Great British Spring Clean

22 March 2022

Cheshire West and Chester Council is encouraging people to play their part and help clean up litter in the borough during Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean 2022.
 
This year’s campaign, called One Bag Big Difference, running from 25 March to 10 April, calls on families, neighbours, friends and colleagues to pledge to pick a bag of litter from nearby streets and beauty spots. 
 
As well as polluting our streets, open spaces and parks, litter harms wildlife and costs the council money to clean up that could be spent on other services.
 
The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said:

"During the pandemic we’ve gained a new appreciation of how important our outdoor spaces are to us.
 
“Litter picking is something that anyone can do and removing just one bag of litter helps our environment, improves our community and boosts our own mental health. If lots of people carry out this small action, it could make a huge difference to the places we live.

“Of course, litter only exists because people drop it. It's important that everyone takes responsibility for their waste and either puts it in a public bin or takes it home with them.

“I hope as many people as possible get involved with this year’s Great British Spring Clean You might choose to pick up just one bag, or you could set yourself a #BigBagChallenge and collecting a bag of litter every single day during the campaign.  Many thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who litter-pick regularly in their area.”
 
Schools in the borough can also get involved in the Great Big School Clean. Keep Britain Tidy states that if every child who attended school in the UK pledged to pick up just one bag of litter during the Great Big School Clean, we could remove 10.3 million bags of litter from our natural environment.
 
As part of the Council’s Love Your Streets campaign litter picking kits are available to hire free of charge to help groups and individuals wanting to do their bit for their community. If you would like to hire a litter picking kit, please get in touch with the Council’s ‘Your Streets ‘officers by emailing: YourStreets@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.
 
Litter picking kits are also available at all the borough’s Libraries – just call in, show your library card and play your part.
 
Pledge to get involved with this year’s Great British Spring Clean on the Keep Britain Tidy website and show your support for the campaign on social media with photos of you or your group litter picking, using the hashtags #GBSpringClean, #BigBagChallenge, tagging in @Go_CheshireWest.  
 
https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean 

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