19-May-2021

This year, Huntingdonshire District Council will once again be supporting Keep Britain Tidy’s national efforts to create a cleaner community for everyone to live, work and visit through the Great British Spring Clean campaign. The campaign is taking place between Friday 28 May and Sunday 13 June.

Huntingdonshire’s green spaces have become increasingly more valuable to people from across the district. However, despite the best efforts of our Street Cleansing team and countless volunteers, with the upcoming bank holiday it is likely that we will see a spike in littering and our litter bins reaching capacity from higher footfall. Over the past year there has been a 34% increase in littering across the district.

We are asking people to be respectful of their environment and help to keep the district’s open spaces beautiful by clearing up after picnics, picking up after their dogs and taking litter home if an empty bin cannot be found. Leaving your town litter-free is everyone’s way of making a difference.

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Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Cllr Marge Beuttell, said: "Last year the Great British Spring Clean event had to be rescheduled for September and as a result, we were only able to support a reduced number of litter picking events. This year, with heightened pride of local open spaces across the Huntingdonshire community we are supporting the successful campaign to increase local awareness of littering and reinforce the importance of keeping Huntingdonshire tidy ensuring the district continues to be a great place to live, work and visit."

This year we will be supporting 21 litter picks across the district during the Great British Spring Clean, with hundreds of volunteers expected to take part in an effort to clean up our communities.

There is a strong link between staying active and maintaining positive mental health, but small acts of kindness - to our planet and ourselves - can improve our surroundings and our mood. Following the Great British Spring Clean 2020 campaign, 79% of participants said volunteering helped improve their mood.

It is not too late to get involved in your local area, either by joining an existing event, picking as an individual or you could even organise your own. Contact us directly at litterminimisation@huntingdonshire.gov.uk to find out more information about how you can get involved in your local area.