Spruce up your neighbourhood this spring


Following the recent advise from the government about ceasing non essential travel and contact, Keep Britain Tidy has taken the decision to postpone the Great British Spring Clean campaign until 11th-27th September 2020.

The Joint Waste Team covering Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks District councils, has once again pledged its support for this year's Great British Spring Clean, a campaign run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from March 20th to April 13th, will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

Last year we supported 38 events organised by parish councils, community groups and environmental groups took place in Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks districts, involving 1100 volunteers who collected over 2500 bags of rubbish!

The Waste team is keen to encourage local initiatives and help to keep communities litter-free by lending long-handled litterpicks and providing rubbish sacks. We will also provide free collection of picked and bagged litter, but need litter pick organisers to inform us prior to their event so that we can agree a collection point.

Caroline Jones, Chiltern District Councillor and cabinet member for Environment says: "Litter really does ruin our environment. Not only is it unsightly but it's also hazardous to wildlife and other animals. Mammals like hedgehogs and birds frequently suffer injuries as a result of getting caught up in waste. The worst thing is that there's no excuse for it. If you have rubbish and there isn't a litter bin nearby then just take your rubbish home and dispose of it there.

"Littering is irresponsible and illegal, but that doesn't seem to stop people from doing it as they drive through the Chiltern District. So much rubbish ends up on the roadside that our waste contractors, SERCO, have to return to some main roads every eight weeks to clean it all up. To pick up the 80 tonnes of litter that is dropped on Chiltern roadsides each year it costs the tax payer around £200,000. I hope that in years to come we no longer have to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds simply putting people's rubbish in the bin for them.

"For every person that does dispose of their litter responsibly, I would like to say thank you and I'd encourage residents to get involved in the Great British Spring Clean and help spruce up their neighbourhoods. A community litter-pick brings people together and is a sociable way to deal with a very anti-social practice."

If you would like to take part in this year's Great British Spring Clean campaign, please register your event at Keep Britain Tidy and request your equipment via our Waste and Recyclingpages.

If you have any queries, please contact Carla Shepherd, Waste Project Officer