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Monday, 27 February 2017

Council backs national clean-up campaign

 

Cheshire East Council is backing the Great British Spring Clean campaign, which calls on residents to take part in the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.

The campaign – co-ordinated by Keep Britain Tidy – takes place throughout March and will see around 500,000 people clearing up the places they love to help rid the country of litter.

The main weekend of action takes place from March 3-5. In Cheshire East, 20 events have been registered so far – with schools, businesses and community groups involved.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for communities and health, said: “Across Cheshire East, there are numerous community groups and individuals that are already doing great work to help tackle litter, which supports the work of our own waste and environmental teams.

“But we’re keen to encourage even more people, including businesses, to come together and help to keep our borough clean and tidy.

“If you can’t take part in the weekend of action, please consider organising an event for later on in the month – it’s also a great way to get active and get outdoors.”

The Great British Spring Clean campaign is backed by wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and businesses and organisations which include the Women’s Institute and the RSPCA.

In Cheshire East, events will be taking place in towns including Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford and Congleton.

Cllr Bates added: “If you do notice a street cleansing issue or fly-tipped waste while you’re out and about in Cheshire East, please report it to us online or call 0300 123 5021.”

The Great British Spring Clean will build on 2016’s ‘Clean for the Queen’ activities, which inspired 250,000 people to do their bit in making their communities a better place to live.

To register to take part, or for more information and details of events taking place in your area, visit: www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

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