Clean Sweep as 250 Volunteers Take Up The Litter-Picking Challenge

  • 250 volunteers support the Great British Spring Clean
The Great British Spring Clean was a big success – and Central Bedfordshire Council would like to thank every one of the 250 litter pickers who turned out to join the annual campaign.

The council supported an incredible 18 groups of litter pickers during the two-week period this year. Groups covered a variety of areas within Central Bedfordshire from Fairfield in the north to Billington in the south.

The groups included charities, community groups, schools, a climate change group, and Town and Parish councils and they all made a real difference tidying up their communities

The Council’s Community Engagement and Environmental Services teams worked together to provide groups and town and parish councils with handy litter grabbers, bags, and sturdy hoops to hold the bags open, and the council’s waste collection contractor, FCC Environment, collected waste from pre-arranged locations.

Streatley litter-pickers

Participants were encouraged to separate recyclables and general waste into two individual bags to maximise recycling where possible.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, the Executive Member for Community Services, said, “I would like to thank all the participants from across Central Bedfordshire who gave their time to get involved and support this national campaign. 

“This is an excellent example of volunteer effort and community action. Volunteers are willingly helping to improve their local environment for others, and it is this kind of spirit that makes Central Bedfordshire such a great place to live and work.

“Every bag of litter removed makes a huge difference - to the environment, to our communities, and to the wildlife that makes the great outdoors their home.

“Research also shows that helping a local litter pick benefits our mental health as well as keeping our streets and beauty spots clean.”

The Great British Spring Clean is coordinated by Keep Britain Tidy and ran from 25 March to 10 April 2022.

In Houghton Regis, Friends of Windsor Drive collected some 25 bags of rubbish, a burnt-out motorbike, a deep fat fryer, a Deliveroo bag, unmentionable smalls, and reported this sofa for removal, which later found its way into the middle of the field thanks to youths spotted in the area.

In Dunstable, the Dunstable Wombles gathered to clean up The Green Lanes. You can find out more about the Dunstable Wombles on their Facebook Page.

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