Litter Pick

Colchester Borough Council have pledged our support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, 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.

The Great British Spring Clean, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show they love where they live and in 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.

Last year, 29 organised litter picks took place across the borough, resulting in 616 70-litre bags of litter and waste being collected. More than half (54%) of the items collected were discarded plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles, which were subsequently recycled. 

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; one for aluminium cans and a third for the rest of the rubbish.

We are encouraging residents, local groups, parish councils, schools and businesses to join in the Great British Spring Clean this year and would appreciate your help promoting the campaign and by joining in with community groups, schools and residents to pick up litter in your parish.

Our Neighbourhood Services teams can help with:

  • provision of bin bags
  • loan of litter pickers – with a selection of extra-long ones for getting into those tricky spots, special beach litter pickers that don’t get clogged up with sand and adult and children’s litter pickers
  • collection of bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately. 

 KBT have produced a “how to” guide for those hosting clean-ups, which contains vital health and safety advice, as well as advice about public liability insurance for the clean-ups. I have included a copy for you. I have also included promotional posters for you to use if you wish.

There are lots of reasons why it’s important to get involved.

  • More than 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day, with litter blighting our streets, parks and beaches and costing us nearly £1 billion a year to clear up.
  • Litter can also harm wildlife. The RSPCA received over 7,000 calls to report incidents of animals injured by litter in 2017 in England and Wales.
  • Litter attracts litter. Research conducted by Keep Britain Tidy in 2012 showed that people are more likely to litter where litter is present. The presence of litter can act as an environmental cue (indicating the cleanliness of the site) and a social cue (implying that it is socially acceptable to litter at an already littered site).

Of those who took part in the Great British Spring Clean and responded to Keep Britain Tidy’s survey, many report positive mental health benefits; 

  • 83% felt more part of their community 
  • 88% said they would encourage other people that they knew or met not to drop litter 
  • 82% felt more aware of the impact that litter has on the environment  
  • 82% felt they had the knowledge and skills they need to carry on litter-picking in their local area as a result of taking part 
  • 92% said they had enjoyed volunteering their time to the Great British Spring Clean

Please promote the campaign within your parish and encourage anyone participating to contact me at communities@colchester.gov.uk or their Neighbourhood wardensso we can log their litter pick but also provide bags, loan litter pickers and arrange collection of the bags afterwards.

Thank you 

 Yours sincerely

Yovone Cook

Community Enabling Officer

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