We're looking for litter heroes for the Great British Spring Clean

We're backing a national campaign to get half a million people across the UK out and about cleaning up their local communities throughout February and March.

The new Great British Spring Clean will roll out for the first time in 2017, with a view to it becoming an annual event, helping to bring people together and clean up the country.

Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend more £700 million on street cleaning services every year. We are looking for litter heroes to help clear up this rubbish that blights our streets and parks.

Portfolio Holder for Environmental Sustainability and Regulatory Services, Councillor Janice Marshall, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and we encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to join in. Last year during the Clean for the Queen campaign we had a fantastic show of support throughout the borough, with over 1,330 volunteers out litter picking. Let’s see if we can get even more people taking part this year.”

We will be supporting groups and loaning litter-pick sticks and bags on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on taking part in the campaign and setting up your own clean-up event in February or March, or joining a pre-arranged one, visit our Great British Spring Clean page