Council supports communities to clean up for the 2020 Great British Spring Clean: Great British Spring Clean campaign image

09 Mar 2020

Council supports communities to clean up for the 2020 Great British Spring Clean

Ryedale District Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean runs from 20 March to 13 April.  It encourages individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils across the country to show they love where they live by taking action to clean up their communities.

There are a number of ways to get involved.  Using the Great British Spring Clean campaign website, people can sign up to host their own public or private clean-up event, join a local clean-up event, or pledge to do their own person litter-pick.

So far, there are local clean-up events in Kirby Misperton, Amotherby, Barton le Willows and Malton/Norton.

Ryedale District Council’s Streetscene team will be supporting the campaign by loaning litter-picking equipment to groups and individuals who want to set up their own clean-up event.  The equipment loan is free of charge.  To book contact sarah.whalley@ryedale.gov.uk

The community team can also help anyone who wants support to set up their own local event.  Email communityteam@ryedale.gov.uk for further details.

This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled.

Volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into three bags: one for plastic bottles, tins and cans; one for glass bottles and jars and a third for the rest of the rubbish.

Ryedale District Council will ensure they are recycled appropriately.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “We are delighted that Ryedale District Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support. Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Beckie Bennett, Ryedale District Council’s Head of Waste and Environment, said:

“The Great British Spring Clean is a great campaign, and we always see a fantastic response from people in Ryedale.  We’re hoping to make 2020 the best year yet, so I’d encourage anyone who cares about the local environment to go to the campaign website, sign up and get involved.  We’ve got equipment ready and waiting to loan out free of charge, and we’ll be recycling everything we possibly can.  Ryedale’s a beautiful district and through the Great British Spring Clean, people can do their bit to show their care about the local environment.”

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit www.keepbritaintidy.org