Cirencester Town Council is supporting the ’The Great British Spring Clean’, Britain’s biggest ever mass action environmental campaign, organised each year by Keep Britain Tidy. The aim of the national campaign is to get 500,000 people out litter-picking between 22 March-28 April 2019.
CTC wants to support anyone who wants to get involved – residents, schools, community groups and businesses in Cirencester. Let us know about your litter pick and we will help you arrange it and record the event and numbers involved on the Keep Britain Tidy website.
However tackling litter is not just about one campaign, it is about sustained action to tackle litter and change behaviour over time. ‘We would really like to help people get on board with this. For example many businesses have volunteering policies where staff are entitled to paid time off to volunteer on local projects. A couple of hours three or four times a year to litter pick your local area is a great way to make effective use of this and make a difference to our lovely town’ said Councillor Mark Harris, lead member for community services. A number of businesses are already involved including McDonalds and Waitrose.
Dealing with litter is about dealing with the causes of litter as well as the symptoms. The Town Council is also keen to celebrate the green activity that is already taking place in Cirencester to reduce the amount of waste. ‘Let us know what you are doing to reduce and recycle – be it ‘keep cups’ to reduce the amount of disposables, or using biodegradable or compostable products in your home or business and we will share this news’ said Brona Langton at CTC.
CTC is going to be proactive over the next 12 months and providing training on issuing fixed penalty notices as well as piloting a new app which will help to monitor and respond effectively to a wide range of environmental issues which are of importance to the public.
How to get involved:
Litter Picking. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with access to litter pickers, bags and collection of rubbish. You may want to join an existing group and we can help you find one.
Create a campaign. A great way to educate and engage with people is to involve them to create a campaign.
Reduce the amount of disposables used in your home, school, workplace.
Cotswold District Council have the District wide Great Cotswold Clean Up competition running at the same time which Cirencester groups can enter and be in with the chance of winning up to £500. To enter email email@example.com or call 01285 623123.
We live in a beautiful town. It is for all of us to keep Cirencester Clean and Green!