Join forces: Keep It Clean partners with Great British Spring Clean

Get your litter-picker and bin bag at the ready, it’s time to participate in Wigan Borough’s Keep It Clean campaign.

Numerous volunteers have already had a positive impact on our environment as the project approaches its one-year milestone.

With the national Great British Spring Clean just around the corner, there’s no better opportunity to join in with scheduled litter-picking events.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for the environment, expressed his pride in the achievements made across the borough, working alongside schools, businesses, communities, and over 2,000 Keep It Clean volunteers.

More than 400 individuals have already signed up to take part in this year’s Great British Spring Clean. Don’t miss out, ensure you get involved and relish the satisfaction of being outdoors and contributing to your community and the environment.

Council-led litter picks will be held on:

– Monday 18th March, 10am to 12pm, meeting at Wigan St Cuthbert’s ARLFC car park, Montrose Ave, Wigan, WN5 9XN
– Monday 18th March, 10am to 12pm, meeting at St Thomas School, Clarence Street, Leigh, WN7 2BP
– Wednesday 27th March, 10am to 12pm, meeting outside 88A Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge, WN2 5AL

Wigan Council’s Keep It Clean initiatives have included waste amnesties in every ward, an expansion of the council’s free bulky waste collection service, the installation of new bins, collaboration with local volunteers, and a borough-wide campaign to raise awareness about the impact of litter and fly-tipping on our environment.

Coun Prescott highlighted the accomplishments, such as the collection of over 200 tonnes of waste during last summer’s waste amnesties, resulting in a 19% decrease in fly-tipping incidents. The extended bulky waste service has proved popular, with an increase in bookings and the collection of thousands of items.

Over 360 bins have been installed, with 160 new bins in litter hotspots and around 200 replacements for old bins to ensure our streets remain tidy.

The council is not stopping there, as 20 large capacity solar power compacting bins are set to be introduced in Wigan and Leigh town centres.

Wigan Council recently announced a tougher stance on fly-tipping, including an increase in the maximum fine from £400 to £1,000 starting in April.

Join in or arrange your own litter pick during this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

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