15 February 2017
A campaign to keep the city clean and tidy is being supported by Sheffield City Council for the third year running.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Clean Sheffield campaign is helping make the city an even cleaner place to live in and visit.
As part of the campaign, Keep Britain Tidy will work alongside the Council and with a variety of businesses, community groups and individuals in Sheffield to encourage them to take pride in their local neighbourhoods and is targeted at those who want to make a real difference to the litter levels in their local area.
Keep Britain Tidy is a national charity, which coordinates a whole range of environmental programmes to reduce litter in different areas, from communities and green spaces to waterways and schools.
During 2017, the charity plans to collaborate with the Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID), and the Chamber of Commerce, to create strong relationships with local companies, encouraging them to pledge their commitment to the project.
There are a number of ways to get involved in the campaign including:
- Pick up any litter you see as you are out and about and put it in the nearest bin.
- Join an existing litter picking group near you (some can be found on the council website at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out–about/parks-woodlands–countryside/gettinginvolved/what-is-a-friends-of-group/in-your-area.html)
- Organise your own litter-picking event with neighbours and friends in near by grot spots
From Friday 3 March until Sunday 5 March, Clean Sheffield will take part in the Great British Spring Clean – a UK-wide partnership campaign aimed at bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life to clear up the litter that blights our cities, towns and villages.
The joint campaign hopes to inspire 500,000 individuals to get involved in this new initiative and join a growing movement of people working towards a litter-free environment.
More than £4million is spent each year by Sheffield City Council clearing litter from the city’s parks and streets.
This is why the Council is once again calling on all residents and businesses to help them support the Clean Sheffield campaign and dispose of litter in the bins provided.
Councillor Tony Downing, Cabinet Advisor for the Environment at Sheffield City Council said, “The Clean Sheffield campaign aims to encourage residents and businesses to all take pride in their community and not drop litter on the floor.
“As part of this campaign, the Great British Spring Clean is a brilliant way for us all to do our bit this year and make a noticeable difference to our city. Litter costs the Council a considerable amount of money and it’s time we started taking ownership of our local areas.
“We’re calling all community groups, small or large, to get together during the weekend of 3rd – 5th March to play a part in this nationwide operation to make Sheffield a city we can all be really proud of.”
If you would like to arrange a clean up in Sheffield or you are already planning a clean-up for March, please sign up online for the Great British Spring Clean and get your event highlighted on the map so that others can join in. http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk
Great British Spring Clean Litter collection bags will be available for free on request. Please call 0114 273 4567 to arrange a date, time and location for pick up.
Don’t forget to use #GBSpringClean and #LitterHeroes on social media. Visit the Great British Clean website for more information or to register your event.