Be a part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean!

Buckinghamshire Council is proud to once again pledge its support to Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean: the country’s biggest mass action environmental campaign taking place between 28 May – 13 June. The aim of the campaign is to inspire people to work in partnership with community organisations, businesses and councils to collect and safely dispose of litter from local streets, parks and open spaces.
 
The Great British Spring Clean encourages local residents to organise a community litter picking event. In a bid to support the campaign and any local litter picking events, Buckinghamshire Council will collect waste from litter picking activities from an agreed, designated point or residential address, if groups contact the council in advance. There are also litter pickers, bags, hoops, high vis vests and gloves which can be loaned free of charge to individuals and groups (subject to availability).
 
Last year during the Great British September Clean, Buckinghamshire Council supported litter picking events organised by parish councils, community groups and environmental groups involving over 458 volunteers, who together spent 1,034 hours litter picking and collected more than 551 bags of rubbish.
 
To top it off, Buckinghamshire Council won the Great British September Clean Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards 2021. The National award was given to the council for its entry from the Southern Waste Team which focused on the clean-up efforts of residents in the south of the county.
 
This year Buckinghamshire Council wants to be bigger and better and is calling on residents to join its award-winning team in standing up to litter for the Great British Spring Clean 2021!
 
Here’s how you can get involved and show support for the Great British Spring Clean:
 
Head over to Keep Britain Tidy to register your litter pick: www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean
Whether you’re a group or an individual keen to take part, take a look at how Buckinghamshire Council can support your litter pick: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/events/great-british-spring-clean
 
Buckinghamshire Council will also be supporting ‘Grab and Go’ litter pick events at two of our popular country parks. Events will take place at:
 
Black Park Country Park, Wednesday 9 June, 10am–4pm
Langley Park Country Park, Thursday 10 June, 10am–4pm
 
Find out more information by visiting:
 
Black Park Country Park Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1nbutN8SM
Langley Park Country Park Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/YGLmY1vJ
 
Buckinghamshire Council’s Service Director for Neighbourhood Services, Martin Dickman, said:
 
“The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. Over the last year, many of us have relied on the places close to home as somewhere to escape to, to exercise and to play and this campaign is a fantastic opportunity for residents to get out there and help keep Buckinghamshire beautiful.
 
“Keep Britain Tidy has reported a massive increase in the number of people who took up litter-picking during the various lockdowns and this has been visible in Buckinghamshire too. Our Waste teams have continued their clean ups throughout the pandemic – tackling litter as best they can – but we can always use extra help.
 
“Already we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of groups who have registered litter picks with us. If you have some community spirit and some time to spare, please support the campaign and pledge to help Keep Britain Tidy achieve a million miles of litter-picking.”
 
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton commented:
 
“The Great British Spring Clean would not be possible without the support of local authorities, including Buckinghamshire Council.
 
“We have all spent a lot more time in our local area in the past year and have come to realise just how important our local park or green space is for our mental and physical health.
 
“We need to care for these spaces and the Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for everyone to take a small action that, collectively, can make a big difference.
 
“Whether you commit to do five minutes or five hours, every single pledge will help us reach our million-mile target and clear many tonnes of litter pollution from our environment.”
 
You can find out more about the national campaign, sign up and register your clean up on the Keep Britain Tidy website: www.keepbritaintidy.org
 
Or find out more about taking part in the Great British Spring Clean in Buckinghamshire at: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/spring-clean-2021