We've pledged our support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and are calling on litter heroes from across the borough to join in the annual spring clean.
The campaign, which runs from 20 March to 13 April 2020, will see around half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.
The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, schools, community groups, local businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. In 2019 over 900,000 bags of rubbish were cleared from Britain’s streets.
In Dacorum, over 40 groups took part, made up of over 700 volunteers. They all banded together to carry out their litter picks and all together they collected nearly 400 bags of rubbish and over 200 bags of recycling.
Separating and recycling the litter that's collected means that not only will tonnes of rubbish be removed from our streets and parks, but thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground will be rescued so that they can be recycled into something new.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “The overwhelming response to last year’s Great British Spring Clean showed that there are many hundreds of thousands of people out there who love where they live and are prepared to take action to make it better for themselves, their families and their communities.
“We're delighted that Dacorum is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank it for its support. Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”
We'll be supporting local litter heroes by loaning out litter-picking equipment including sticks, recycling bags and rubbish bags and can even help volunteers to join together and promote their litter picks.
If you'd like to take part in the Great British Spring Clean, either by organising your own litter pick, or joining one near you, visit our Great British Spring Clean page for more information.