Tuesday 3 March 2015

Sheffield City Council is calling on all community groups, schools, residents and businesses to help give the city a Spring Clean beginning Monday 16th March.

People are being asked to support the Council and its partners as part of a nationwide Keep Britain Tidy spring clean to help keep the city looking its best.

Beginning Monday 16th March and during that week leading up to Saturday 21st March – which marks the first day of spring – a number of litter picks will be happening across Sheffield in neighbourhoods, parks and busy shopping areas thanks to community groups that have already signed up to help. Other groups, local residents, schools and businesses are also being urged to take pride in their city and do the same.

Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “Our Streets Ahead team, teams in parks and housing areas work really hard all year round to keep our city clean and looking its best for residents and visitors. The Clean Up week is all about encouraging people to take responsibility for the community that they live in.

“We all have a part to play in keeping our city tidy. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone coming together to make a difference and I know if everyone pulls together we can make this a big success.”

Millie Guthrie, Streets Ahead Education and Community Liaison Officer added: “This is an excellent opportunity for us all to work together and take pride in where we live and work. We already have schools and community groups, who regularly litter pick with us, taking part, but we would love to hear from more residents and groups who are keen to be a part of what will be a fantastic week of spring cleaning Sheffield.”

Zahira Naz, Community Organiser for Darnall and Tinsley who works for Darnall Forum, commented: “We have been litter picking in the local area for around two years now. We wanted to be more involved in the community and play a part in creating a place that’s nice to live.

“I would urge other groups and residents to get involved with community projects such as this Clean up week. Litter can be an issue and should be the responsibility of all of us – let’s all be more proactive and get out there and make where we live look much nicer. It’s a great feeling to know you’re doing something that makes a difference.”

Community groups, residents and businesses can all take part. Sheffield City Council is providing litter picking tools on a first come, first served basis and will also be disposing of the bags of rubbish collected. Call 0114 273 4567 to register your interest.