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Calling communities to spring clean Derbyshire

Communities are being urged to join forces with us to wage war on litterbugs and give the county a big spring clean.

We’re backing Keep Britain Tidy’s national Great British Spring Clean #GBSpringClean which runs from 22 March to 23 April, and council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis is appealing to communities to join him by rolling up their sleeves and getting involved.

Litter is not only an eyesore and damaging to the environment and wildlife but costs local councils and therefore the taxpayer more than half a billion pounds every year to be picked up.

To tackle the issue in Derbyshire, residents are being urged to organise litter picking sessions, set up litter picking groups or join an existing group to support the annual Great British Spring Clean.

The aim of the spring clean is to ensure Derbyshire is rubbish-free across its towns, villages, grass verges, parks and countryside sites, and people can find out more or sign up by visiting keep Britain tidy.

People looking for a local litter picking group in their area can visit Litter Action which is backed by two charities, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and CleanupUK, which lists around 20 Derbyshire groups which are currently active in the county.

Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“We’re extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful county, and personally and on behalf of the council I take every opportunity possible to promote what Derbyshire has to offer.

“That’s why I get so angry when I see litter in our hedges, strewn over grass verges and dropped in parks and streets.

“Some of this is because people throw their litter out of their car which is unacceptable, and we need to send a powerful message that we won’t tolerate the behaviour of a selfish minority that does this.

“It’s an eyesore, it’s a crime, it turns off visitors and threatens the environment and wildlife too.

“It also costs councils millions of pounds every year to clean it all up, and that means it’s hitting our taxpayers too.”

Councillor Lewis added:

“Our district and borough councils have responsibility for cleaning the streets and getting rid of litter, and they’re doing a great job, but they can’t do it all and we all need to take responsibility.

“That’s why I’m appealing to our local communities to get behind the Great British Spring Clean and together we can clean up Derbyshire and ensure we remain proud of our beautiful county.”

George Monck, Chief Executive of CleanupUK, which co-runs LitterAction, said:

“It is fantastic to have the support of Derbyshire County Council.

“Every community can benefit from taking action against litter which not only improves the local environment but also brings many other benefits to the people who get involved.”

Backing Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean is one of many ways we’re working to keep Derbyshire clean and tidy.

We run nine household waste recycling centres, which are open 362 days per year, and has campaigned against fly-tipping.

We also have an on-going campaign to encourage people to pick up after their dog, called the Yuk campaign. Yuk signs for people to put up outside their homes, on gates, fences or in a window, are available free from any Derbyshire library.

You can find out more by visiting the council leader’s blog

story by Derbyshire County Council

27 February | Amber Sound FM News


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