Throughout March and April 2019 volunteers have been heading out into their communities to take part in the annual Great British Spring Clean. This national campaign, run by Keep Britain Tidy, empowers people to help clean up the country. In Dacorum, around 700 residents took part over the two-month period.
Forty different groups spruced up their streets with a community litter-pick. These were made up of community groups, schools, individuals and businesses. Throughout the period, these hard-working volunteers collected a total of nearly 400 bags of rubbish and more than 200 bags of recycling. This is the most litter that has ever been collected in Dacorum during the Great British Spring Clean. Separating recyclable litter is especially valuable to ensure that these items are able to be used again and will no longer be left littering the floor, or end up in landfill.
In total across the UK, the Great British Spring Clean brought together over 560,000 litter-pickers, collecting nearly one million bags of litter.
Group Manager for Environmental Services at Dacorum Borough Council, Craig Thorpe, said:
“We would like to thank every volunteer who carried out a litter-pick during the Great British Spring Clean. These dedicated people are a shining example to others in the community and show that we can all play a part in making our neighbourhoods cleaner, safer places to live, work and play.”
To complement the Great British Spring Clean, officers from Dacorum Borough Council also visited local primary schools and scout groups and taught nearly 250 children about the problems litter causes, such as damage to wildlife and our environment, as well as the importance of recycling rubbish correctly.
If you’re caught dropping litter you could face a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80. This fine is increased to £150 for those who litter from a vehicle.
Dacorum Borough Council can loan out litter-picking sticks and bags all year round, as well as arrange for the collection of these bags after your litter pick. For more information, or to request litter picking equipment, visit the Council’s Clean, Safe and Green page.