Join Plymouth’s biggest ever spring clean!

Plymouth’s residents are being encouraged to take part in the city’s biggest ever volunteer tidy up as part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

Plymouth City Council is backing the national Keep Britain Tidy led campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April, which will see up to half a million 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 make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene for Plymouth City Council, said: “The Great British Spring Clean really lets us show off our beautiful clean, green city and gives us a chance to work with all our wonderful volunteers.

“We are working with local volunteer groups such as Clean Our Patch and Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers to encourage local communities to get involved with cleaning up their local area. The Council’s Street Services team is supporting all the litter picks.

“As one of the partners on the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce we are also committed to tackling the scourge of plastic pollution and the Great British Spring Clean is the ideal opportunity to reiterate this message and encourage the local community to get involved in addressing this important issue. It supports our ongoing commitment to the Plan for Plastics.

“We should all have pride in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City and we all have our part to play –as a cooperative council it also support our ambition for a fairer city where everyone can do their bit.”

Plymouth City Council supports the Great British Spring Clean

El Clarke, founder of Clean Our Patch community litter pickers in Plymouth, said: “Since I helped set up Clean Our Patch in March 2018, the number of people taking part in our volunteer litter picks has continued to go up and up.

“The Great British Spring Clean is a great opportunity for everyone to roll their sleeves up and help out on a local litter pick – we’ve got litter picks happening all over Plymouth with local volunteers, community groups and ward councillors, and every little bit helps so why not take part? You can make a difference in your local community and who knows – you might even enjoy it!”

Oleta Forde from Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers said: “Events like this prove that Plymouth really does care about the environment. This year, there are many opportunities across the city and coast to join in and help clean up our environment.

“Come join Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers who will be heading to the beaches at Bovisand, Mount Batten and the Hoe Waterfront. On our beach cleans we collect rubbish brought in by the tide, prevent more from going out to sea and spread the word of our wonderful coastline. Let’s really make a difference, get involved this year for the Spring Clean and with your help we will protect the wildlife on land and in the sea here in Britain’s Ocean City.”

Jackie Young from Environment Plymouth said:“So many people think it’s OK to simply ditch rubbish rather than finding a bin to put it in. It’s not ! That’s why Environment Plymouth is so proud of the community litter pickers of Clean Our Patch and the work they are doing to make Plymouth a brighter, cleaner city. In a city that is doing so well to limit the impact of plastics in the environment, this teams’ contribution, and that of the Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers, is to be celebrated as they make all the difference to our communities.”

The Great British Spring Clean will support the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plan for Plastics, which aims to tackle plastic pollution and reduce single use plastics.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.

“We are delighted that Plymouth City 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.”

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.

Where possible, participants will recycle as much as they can using the ‘three bags full’ approach, and 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.

Plymouth City Council will then collect these bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately.

To find out more about local events visit https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/greatbritishspringclean2019