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Council invites Cambridge communities to join 'Great British Spring Clean'

News release from 18 March 2022

CAMBRIDGE City Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which takes place from 25 March to 10 April.  

To support this year’s campaign in Cambridge, the council will be inviting groups and individuals to get involved and help clear up litter from their local streets, parks and open spaces. To help with this, the council will be providing litter pickers, hi-visibility vests, gloves, and rubbish bags for all those who want to do their bit. 

The council will also be again providing local primary schools with free ‘spring clean’ kits containing children’s’ litter pickers, gloves, hi-visibility vests, information booklet, bags and kit bag. The council will be writing to all primary schools within Cambridge and offering their Eco-Committees and Eco-Clubs the kits free as part of the campaign.  

The council is encouraging local schools, youth groups and families to get involved in community litter picks – either as part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign or at any other time – by contacting the council’s Streets and Open Spaces community engagement team at sosvolunteers@cambridge.gov.uk  or visiting www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-litter-picking.  

The council will also be leading a programme of organised clean up events throughout the city, over the two-week campaign period, working with community groups and individual volunteers. Details of these organised local clean up events are as follows: 

 - Friday 25 March – Byron’s Pool (11am-1pm) 

 - Sunday 27 March – Paradise Nature Reserve (11am-1pm) 

 - Wednesday 30 March – Logan’s Meadow (11am-1pm) 

 - Friday 1 April – Coleridge Road Rec (11am-1pm) 

 - Sunday 3 April – Stourbridge Common (11am-1pm) 

 - Thursday 7 April – Thorpe Way (11am-1pm) 

 - Saturday 9 April – Clay Farm/Hobson’s Park (11am-1pm) 

If you want to get involved in any of the above events or to organise your own one – either as part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign or at any other time of the year – please contact the council’s Streets and Open Spaces Community Engagement Team, email sosvolunteers@cambridge.gov.uk, phone 01223 458084 or visit www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-litter-picking 

Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “This campaign is a fantastic opportunity for us, as a community, to come together to show how much we care for the environment and where we live. 

“We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and we encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take pride in and caring for their local environment and, so, would encourage as many schools, groups and other community organisations to take part as possible.”  

This year’s national campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment, but 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. 

Volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into two bags: one for recycling and one for the rest of the rubbish. The council will then collect these bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately. 

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit www.keepbritaintidy.org