Published: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Residents, community groups, schools and businesses are encouraged to take part.
The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blight our towns, on 2 to 4 March.
Single-use plastic bags are an environmental disaster, particularly once they find their way into the ocean, so any reduction in the number floating about helps to make a measurable difference to the amount of litter that ends up on our streets, in our parks and on our beaches and in our oceans.
Residents and groups can take part in an organised clean-up, or can start one of their own. Anyone who does take part can get help from the Council's Street Cleaning department will fully support them by providing information, advice and equipment, including providing volunteers with rubbish bags, litter pickers and gloves. Children taking part will receive a pin badge saying: 'I took part in the Great British Spring Clean' plus a certificate.
The Great British Spring Clean coincides with the Council's 'Love, Don't Litter' campaign, with lamp post banners appearing across town centres over the next couple of weeks, asking people to not drop their litter, and reminders about the fines for people caught littering.
Take part in a clean-up
If you would like to take part in a clean-up, you can register yourself or a group on the Keep Britain Tidy website and then let our Street team know so they can contact you for more details. Email them at email@example.com.
The campaign also includes the launch of new Community Charters for residents and businesses, who can make a series of pledges to help do their bit to make the Royal Borough the cleanest in London.
'Come together and help the environment'
Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together and help the environment. We have amazing volunteer Environment Champions working with us all year round, and I urge to you to join in the Great British Spring Clean and be proud that you are making a difference.
"We want to have the cleanest streets in London, where people are proud to live and visit - together, we can all make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep. So why not help take ownership of your area and showcase our civic pride!"