Thanks a million to local #LitterHeroes

As Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean 2021 comes to an end, Telford & Wrekin Council is thanking all local #LitterHeroes who lent a hand to help tidy up our borough.

Thanks a million to local #LitterHeroes

As well as lots of local litter picks, the council worked with partners to hold a collective plastic free litter pick in various locations on Saturday 12 June. 

Litter pickers were encouraged to separate recyclables and general waste into two bags in a shared mission to pick up litter and recycle.

Councillors, council staff, Street Champions, Climate Change Champions, Community Action Teams, community groups, individuals and businesses were among those taking part. 

Together they collected:

  • 85 bags of litter
  • 56 bags of littered items that will be recycled

Cllr Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for cooperative communities, engagement and partnerships, said: “Everyone who took part helped to make our borough a cleaner, greener place. As well as showing environmental action at its best, it was a lot of fun and really rewarding to do.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people wanting to join our volunteer Street Champions over the last year, which shows how much we all value and care for our environment.”

Cllr Carolyn Healy, cabinet member for climate change, green spaces, natural and historic environment, led the litter pick in Ironbridge. She said: “Our mission is to create a better borough and be carbon neutral by 2030, and events like the Great British Spring Clean show what can be achieved if we pull together.

“Our focus this year is on reducing plastic pollution so we are separating the plastics collected for recycling. It never really decays, so it is really important that we take it out of the environment and recycle it.

“We had a great turn out in Ironbridge, and despite spreading out along the Severn Valley Way, through the town, Church Hill and Dale End Park, I am pleased to report that we didn’t find much litter. So hats off to the great work of our council litter pickers and volunteers who do so much to keep The Gorge looking gorgeous.”

Keeping streets and green spaces clean and green is a council priority that extends beyond the annual Keep Britain Tidy campaign, said cllr Lee Carter who is cabinet member for neighbourhood services. He added: “Our environment matters, which is why we are making a record investment in looking after it and why we support the Great British Spring Clean.”

Details of where the council’s grounds and street cleansing crews are working here.

Find out more about joining the council’s family of volunteer Street Champions here.