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Mendip backs the Great British Spring Clean

03 February 2017

Mendip District Council is backing a national campaign which aims to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March 2017.

Great British Spring Clean

The new Great British Spring Clean will roll out for the first time in 2017, with a view to it becoming an annual event helping to bring people together and clean up the country.

TV wildlife presenter and children's favourite Steve Backshall is lending his support to the campaign, which is backed by key anti-litter charities, including Keep Britain Tidy, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.

Many other organisations will also be supporting the clean-up including the Women's Institute, the National Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a range of businesses.

Mendip will be supporting groups and individuals who want to help clear up the litter that can sometimes blight some areas of the district.

Cllr Nigel Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Community Health Services said: 'We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and hope local groups, individuals and organisations take part over the weekend of 3 - 5 March and help give Mendip a pre-summer spruce up.

"The council works hard to keep Mendip's streets and open places looking attractive and free of litter, but we can only do so much and are aware that some areas of the district can suffer problems with discarded litter.

"I would like to thank our contractors, ID Verde, who have agreed to distribute rubbish sacks to people taking part in litter picks, and will also collect sacks once the events are completed. They can also supply groups with example risk assessments, to ensure litter picks are as safe as possible, which is particularly important if they are taking place near busy roads."

To take part in the campaign and set up you own clean up event visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

For more information, contact Mendip District Council's Neighbourhood Services team on 0300 303 8588 or neighbourhoodservices@mendip.gov.uk 

Last modified: 14 February 2017