HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD IN TEN MINUTES
If litter is getting you down, do something about it. It takes ten seconds to pick up a piece of litter, so imagine the difference you can make in ten minutes with ten friends.
The Great British Spring Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy and sponsored by Harrogate Water, is thinking even bigger. Imagine the difference tens of thousands of litter pickers can make.
Last year around 300,000 people took part, collecting millions of pieces of litter, transforming neighbourhoods, playing fields, hedgerows and beaches the length and breadth of Britain.
This year’s campaign, over the weekend 2-4 March, is expected to be the biggest ever clean-up in the UK, with around half a million litter heroes taking part
Nicky Cain of Harrogate Water said: “It is a tremendous achievement by Keep Britain Tidy to mobilise so many people. Everyone can help, even if you haven’t the time to join an organised litter pick. In just ten minutes, you can make a big difference by picking up litter on the way to work, or in your neighbourhood with friends and neighbours.
“The Great British Spring Clean is a fantastic example of community action and a springboard to become litter heroes all year round. If you see litter, pick it up. Use recycling bins when available and wherever possible take litter home for kerbside recycling.”
Keep Britain Tidy CEO Allison Ogden-Newton said: “We know that people care about their local environment. The Great British Spring Clean demonstrates that you are not alone and that community action can give back a sense of pride and accomplishment.”
In addition to sponsoring the Great British Spring Clean, Harrogate Water and Keep Britain Tidy are joint partners in a nationwide recycling initiative, The Incredible Shrinking Bottle Campaign, aimed at encouraging more recycling of plastic bottles with the slogan ‘twist it, cap it, recycle it’.
Nicky Cain said: “PET plastic used to make water bottles, is actually the greenest of all packaging solutions; it’s 100% recyclable, it uses less energy and emits the least greenhouse emissions of any alternative packaging solutions - we just need to ensure we recycle it! PET can also be recycled an infinite number of times. The kerbside recycling service is well established and in the UK there’s now the infrastructure in place to reprocess PET, so it can become another plastic bottle again – just as with glass bottles and aluminium cans”.
Volunteers from Harrogate Water will be taking part in a litter pick in Harrogate on Friday March 2 and everything that can be recycled will be recycled.
Harrogate Water operates from one of the most environmentally efficient facilities in the UK; all its plastic and glass bottles are 100 per cent recyclable and none of the company’s waste goes to landfill.
To find out how to get involved visit http://www.keepbritaintidy.org