More than 20 community-led clean-up events took place across Cheshire East at the weekend in support of the Great British Spring Clean campaign.
Coordinated by Keep Britain Tidy, the Great British Spring Clean is taking 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 took place between March 3-5 and, in Cheshire East, a total of 22 events were held across Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach, Alsager, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Over Peover, Knutsford, Congleton, Moston, Disley, Bollington and Poynton. A number of schools, businesses and community groups were involved.
On Saturday, Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for communities and health, joined members of Crewe Clean Team as they tackled littering along the length of Flag Lane. The community group organises regular communal litter picks, bulb planting and other related activities.
Cllr Bates said: “Crewe Clean Team is one of the many community groups active within Cheshire East which are doing a great job in helping to tackle litter and keep our borough an attractive place to live, work and visit.
“I was glad to be able to join the volunteers and help them to litter pick, as well as hear more about their valuable work. But it was also saddening to see just how much litter had been dumped.
“We all have a responsibility to dispose of our rubbish in the correct way and the majority of our residents do care about the communities in which they live. Sadly, there are still those that don’t and choose to behave in an anti-social manner and drop their litter, instead of simply placing it in a bin.”
Clean team members were also given some of Cheshire East’s new ‘What Goes Where’ wheels, designed to educate residents about what materials they should and should not be putting into their black, silver and green/brown bins.
The interactive and picture-led wheels, which are magnetic, will initially be distributed to residents living in six fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ zones in Crewe, who have been surveyed as part of an action plan to decrease the amount of waste illegally dumped on the town’s streets.
Cllr Bates added: “I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to all those who took part in events across Cheshire East in support of the Great British Spring Clean.
“I’d also like to encourage even more residents, community groups and businesses to get involved in cleaning up their local area throughout the month.
“If you do notice a street cleansing issue or fly-tipped waste while you’re out and about in Cheshire East, please help our waste and enforcement teams by reporting incidents to us online at: cheshireeast.gov.uk/environment, or call 0300 123 5021.”