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Council calls on people to join the Big Tidy Up

16 September 2014

Allerdale Borough Council is calling on people across the area to support this year’s Big Tidy Up – England’s biggest-ever litter pick.

Taking place throughout October, the campaign aims to unite neighbourhoods by getting everyone out and about to help clean up their communities and transform their public spaces.

Council Street Scene Officers will be offering their support to any local schools, community groups, and volunteer groups who sign up to do their bit to support the campaign.

The Council has a zero-tolerance approach to littering and officers are out regularly cleaning up streets and public areas across Allerdale, as well as working to deter persistent offenders. 

In recent months, one of the Council’s Street Scene Officers, Peter Haley, has been visiting local schools to educate youngsters on why littering along with other types of environmental crime is such an issue and how much it costs the Council to deal with it.

He said: “I’ve spoken to more than 2,000 children from 20 schools and if even just a small percentage of those kids pick up after themselves as well as encouraging their families to do the same, it has the potential to make a big difference to our streets, paths and parks.

“The children, and some teachers, were shocked to hear how much the Council spends cleaning up our streets every year with the children all agreeing that the money would be much better used on things like new play areas or developing family attractions like Maryport’s Clip ‘n Climb.”

It costs Allerdale Borough Council over £1.16 million each year to clean up more than a thousand tonnes of rubbish, litter and dog mess generated by just a small number of irresponsible people.

Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Locality Services, said: “Not only are these large scale clean-up events great for team building and improving morale, but even the smallest efforts can actually start to make long-lasting and positive changes in our local environment.

“We hope as many people as possible – young and old - will sign up to take part in the Big Tidy Up next month and together we can show just how proud we are of where we live.”

There are a number of ways for people to report instances of littering or other types of environmental crime in their local area to the Council, including pinpointing the exact location on a smartphone, going online to the Council’s website at www.allerdale.gov.uk/report, scanning a QR code, or calling 01900 702702.

For more information on the Big Tidy Up and to sign up to take part, visit http://www.thebigtidyup.org/.

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