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Great British Spring Clean

Be part of the pick: Join the Great British Spring Clean

We're backing the national campaign to keep Britain tidy

20 March–13 April 2020

Once again Horsham District Council will be backing the annual, national litter campaign campaign by Keep Britain Tidy called the Great British Spring Clean which is calling on #LitterHeroes across the country to help improve the environment on their doorstep.

Their aim is to inspire 500,000 people to join forces this year - in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government - to collect and safely dispose of single-use plastic from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

  • Every year Horsham District Council’s Waste and Recycling team sweep over 1,600 miles of streets
  • The Horsham District now has some 4,500 Adopt a Street volunteers helping to keep their local communities clean and tidy.
  • Councils in England are having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

Find out more at www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk.

How you can take part

Keep Britain Tidy are calling on individuals, volunteer groups, businesses and schools to do their bit in our Great British Spring Clean.  If you haven’t already, why not get involved in and around 20 March – 13 April and take advantage of the extra support and publicity that will be available to you from Keep Britain Tidy.  

You might like to consider hosting a clean-up in your local area, joining a clean-up that is already taking place, or lending your support in another way, such as picking up litter while walking the dog or on the walk to school.

You can also download posters from the Keep Britain Tidy website and help to promote the campaign in your local shops, supermarkets, libraries, community and leisure centres, Citizens Advice Bureau, schools and community notice boards.

Ideas on how to get involved

Register with Keep Britain Tidy to take part

Download posters and social media graphics to use

How we can help you through 'Adopt A Street'

If you would like to do something special in the Horsham District this year and take part in the Great British Spring Clean please do contact the Waste Services team here at the Council via our Adopt a Street initiative.

Adopt a Street is now celebrating its fifth anniversary and we are delighted that some 4,500 volunteers have signed up to support their local community through litter picking initiatives.

We will help you through the loan of equipment to help you in your work - whether it is bin bags or pick up sticks.  But hurry – our equipment supply is limited and they are only available on a first come, first served basis so please contact us as soon as possible.

And don’t forget to register your involvement in the Great British Spring Clean online.  This highlights what clean up events are taking place in their local area and helps Keep Britain Tidy to see just how many people are passionate about protecting and preserving their environment.

The Great British Spring Clean is about getting all those people who care about their environment to take action.

We know that more than 50% of people are concerned about the appearance of their local area and so we want them to feel that they can do something about it and they are not alone in caring.

If 500,000 people help us pick litter for just two hours each that means that our country will benefit from one million hours of clean-up care.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton

Find out about your local Parish Spring Clean event in 2020

Many local parishes organise annual Spring Clean events, inviting local residents to get involved and help to keep their local community clean and tidy.

Confirmed litter picking events received so far include the following but more are being added regularly so please check with your local Parish Council.

Partridge GreenSaturday 7 March
RusperSunday 15 March
NuthurstSunday 22 March
The Haven ParishThursday 30 March
1st Shipley CubsThursday 30 March
Southwater Saturday 4 April

Contact my Parish Council

Share your clean-up event on social media

Inspire others within your community by sharing photos and videos of your #GBSpringClean community litter picks on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles.

By sharing what you are up to as a group you may help encourage others to get involved with Adopt A Street year-round and change their mind-set about litter in their community.

Please tag @HorshamDC in your posts and we will share them with other communities across the District.