Council’s support for Great British Spring Clean campaign

Trafford Council is appealing to residents, businesses, schools and community groups to pledge to pick one bag of litter – or more – for Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign, which runs from 15-31 March, is calling for residents across Trafford to show their pride in their community by taking part in the mass action litter pick.

Trafford is delighted to lend their support to back the charity’s #BigBagChallenge – a plea to the public to pledge on the charity’s website to pick one bag or more of litter from streets, parks and beauty spots in order to protect our vibrant communities and precious wildlife habitats.

Residents, businesses, and schools across the borough can show their support by picking up litter around their homes and premises. Trafford Council is offering residents and businesses free litter pickers and bags, and these can be ordered by signing The Be Responsible Pledge on our website.

This year’s campaign comes as Keep Britain Tidy marks its platinum anniversary, having been founded by Women’s Institute members in 1954, and Trafford has joined forces with the charity to highlight to residents that the environment ‘belongs to everyone’. People can make a #PlatinumPledge to mark Keep Britain Tidy’s 70th year such as by picking 70 items, 70 bags, or spending 70 minutes in the great outdoors litter-picking.

The charity reports that last year: 

  • 96% of participants agreed that they felt they had made a difference to their local area.
  • 84% agreed that the Great British Spring Clean helped them to feel inspired to do more to protect the environment. 

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Highways, Environmental & Traded Services, said: “Trafford Council is proud to take part in The Great British Spring Clean every year. We are committed to making Trafford even more beautiful than it is by doing everything we can to help our environment. Please help us this year by taking part in a litter pick with friends, family or colleagues – it could make a massive difference to where you live or work.” 

The Great British Spring Clean, now in its ninth year, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. 

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “The Great British Spring Clean simply would not be possible without the backing of our community partners. We are so grateful for the ongoing support from Trafford Council.  The Great British Spring Clean is a fantastic way for councils to support residents to really show their pride in where they live, and connect with like-minded people, while taking serious and immediate action to protect the environment on their doorstep.” 

Get involved in the Great British Spring Clean today by pledging at Keep Britain Tidy and using the hashtags #GBSpringClean #BigBagChallenge

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