Torbay MP, Adrian Sanders, is calling upon local communities to get involved in the Government’s first ever Community Clear Up Day. This initiative aims to have communities across England taking part in a national ‘spring clean’ on Saturday, March 21 2015, the first day of spring.
Adrian has welcomed the initiative, delivered in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, which aims to have everyone taking responsibility for sprucing up their local community’s streets, parks and public spaces and help keep these places litter free. On March 21, everyone is encouraged to roll up their sleeves and tackle the problem of littering.
Adrian told the Devon Week: “The impact that dropping litter can have on communities is astounding. It costs councils across England hundreds of millions of pounds to try and keep our streets clear of litter. It affects the whole community, and can even have an impact on property prices and local businesses.
“I really hope that people in the Bay will join me on Saturday, March 21 in taking responsibility for the appearance of the area by helping clear up litter. I know that this issue really concerns the people of Torbay so I encourage everyone to join in and help clear up our streets.”
Campaign chairman at Clean Up Britain, Kenny Logan, said: “This will be a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, everywhere, to clean up their communities, and show how much pride they have in where they live themselves and, more generally, in Britain’s beautiful landscape.”
The initiative also urges manufacturers of items commonly associated with littering – fast food, confectionary, chewing gum and soft drinks – to join in on March 21 and contribute to the effort to keep streets clear.
The Clear Up Day Toolkit includes useful information and tips on how people can organise their own litter pick. Anyone can join in with a community clean-up in their area, or even organise their own spring cleaning activity with neighbours, friends or colleagues.
Adrian said: “We all have a role to play in keeping the Bay clear of litter. Spread the message of this great initiative around your community by telling your neighbours and friends, and join me in following and sharing the news of #ClearUpDay on social media.”
(from a press release)
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