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Tuesday 4 April

Volunteers help keep Swale tidy

A month of spring cleaning in Swale has come to an end, following 29 events across the borough which collected over 440 bags of rubbish.

The council helped facilitate a month of clean-ups under the umbrella of the Great British Spring Clean, a new annual initiative led by Keep Britain Tidy.

Thanks to local volunteers, littering hotspots across the borough have had a thorough clean, and tons of carelessly discarded rubbish have been cleared from public areas.

Some very unexpected items were found among the hundreds of dumped drinks cans and crisp packets, including a rusted wheelbarrow, a travel kettle, a child’s tricycle and several very brown Christmas trees.

A council spokesperson said: “We’re so grateful to Swale’s spring clean volunteers, who’ve made this campaign such a success.

“But in an ideal world, the Great British Spring Clean wouldn’t need to exist. Sadly, there are too many people who still don’t understand how inconsiderate, antisocial and damaging to the environment it is to drop litter.”

The council coordinated with local residents’ associations, schools and community groups to provide those taking part with rubbish bags and litter pickers. The council also arranged for the borough’s waste disposal contractor, Biffa, to pick up all the rubbish collected by volunteers.

Support for the initiative is part of the council’s wider anti-littering efforts, which include issuing more fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to litterers and bringing education sessions into local schools.

Following the success of the Great British Spring Clean, a new anti-littering campaign is planned to remind residents of their responsibilities and the costs of littering, both environmental and financial: Swale council spends £830,000 annually on street cleaning.

Although the campaign is over, the council will provide equipment and logistical support to local residents who wish to run their own clean-up at any time of year. Email environmentalprojects@swale.gov.uk or call 01795 417133 for more information.

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