Council supports community clean-ups

19 February 2020

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from 20 March to 13 April, will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show they love where they live and in 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.

SLDC has supported the initiative since it was launched in 2017 and can help interested groups to become involved.

The council is able to loan out, subject to availability, litter picking equipment such as litter pickers, hi-vis jackets and gloves.

SLDC will provide rubbish collection sacks to all litter picks and arrange the collection of the waste collected.

The council is also happy to assist with litter pick events at any time of the year through lending and collection of equipment.

Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC’s portfolio holder for Climate Emergency and Localism, said: “Community litter-picking is a really worthwhile activity. As a council, we are more than happy to assist volunteers with The Great British Spring Clean.

“We live in a beautiful area and we want it to stay that way. That’s why we have a key Council Plan commitment to work to protect our natural environment and it is important that we all take pride in our place.’’

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “The overwhelming response to last year’s Great British Spring Clean showed that there are many hundreds of thousands of people out there who love where they live and are prepared to take action to make it better for themselves, their families and their communities.

“We are delighted that South Lakeland District Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

To arrange to borrow equipment or collection of filled rubbish bags, please email:

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit

Notes to editors

The Great British Spring Clean will run from 20 March to 13 April, 2020.

It is the country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign and was first run in 2017. In 2019, 563,163 volunteers took part, including more than 175,000 school children. In total, volunteers collected more than 4,300 tonnes of litter, enough to fill more 239,000 wheelie bins.

In total 17,000 events were held over the campaign period and 272 local authorities took part.

The Great British Spring Clean 2020, in partnership with the Daily Mail, is made possible thanks to headline partners Co-op, Mars Wrigley, Red Bull and Wilko and is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The campaign is also supported by Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, Pepsi MAX and Walkers.

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