Calling all #LitterHeroes to join the Great British Spring Clean

Communities in Telford and Wrekin are being urged to take part in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean by becoming local #LitterHeroes and helping to give the borough a spring clean.

Calling all #LitterHeroes to join the Great British Spring Clean

Clean-ups are happening across the nation during the five weeks of the campaign which runs from 22 March to 23 April. 

Local councils, community groups, individuals and businesses are rolling up their sleeves and taking part in countless tidy-ups.

Telford & Wrekin Council and its volunteer Street Champions are among those doing their bit and taking pride in our community.  They will be joining forces with community groups, schools and other organisations in a range of organised clean-ups around the borough. 

Anyone who would like to help out is welcome to join one of the organised events or arrange one of their own.

Although the focus of the national campaign is the fight against plastic waste, the local events will pick up plastics and general litter from the community.

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an annual event that raises awareness of the issue of litter and inspires communities to get together, get outdoors, get active and do their bit to keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy.

“This year, we are doing something a bit different in Telford.  As plastic is a key theme for the 2019 campaign, #LitterHeroes will have the opportunity to sort the plastics they collect from the general litter so that they can be re-used to create something beautiful by local arts organisation Arty Party.

“So if, like us, you’ve had enough of seeing litter and want to do something about it, please join us at one of the organised events or hold one of your own.”

Arty Party kick off with a sponsored plog around Ketley Community Centre and Paddock Mound on Saturday 16 March from 10am to 1pm.  Discarded items collected will be re-used to create a piece of litter art funded by Wrekin Housing Trust.

Other events being supported by the council and volunteer Street Champions include:

  • Wellington, Friday 22 March. Telford college students clean up their campus
  • Woodside, Saturday 23 March 12 noon-2pm, a local clean up. Meet at Park Lane Community Centre. All welcome
  • Woodside, Wednesday 27 March. Junior Street Champions clean up Woodland Primary School
  • Newdale, Monday 1 April. Junior Street Champions clean up Newdale Primary School
  • Dawley Hamlets Local Nature Reserve, Sunday 7 April 11am-1pm. Meet at Dawley Pools Car Park. All welcome
  • Wellington YMCA, Monday 25 April 11am-3pm.  Meet at YMCA Consort House. All welcome

Other events are being organised, including ones by local businesses Capgemini, Denso, ReAssure and Schneider Electric.  Individuals, groups and local councils hosting their own event can register it with Keep Britain Tidy and tag in the council on social media @TelfordWrekin.  The council will then like and share the information through its social and digital media channels.

For more information and to register a Great British Spring Clean event visit Keep Britain Tidy here.

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