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Great British Clean

Published on 20 February 2020

Great British Clean

Carlisle City Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, to be held between Friday 20 March and Monday 13 April, will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

The Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show they love where they live and in 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:

“The overwhelming response to last year’s Great British Spring Clean showed that there are many hundreds of thousands of people out there who love where they live and are prepared to take action to make it better for themselves, their families and their communities. We are delighted that Carlisle City Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support. Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Cllr Nigel Christian, Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, added:

“We’re encouraging community groups and individuals to sign up online to the scheme. You can simply pledge to pick up litter in your local area, join a local litter pick group or even host one yourself. If you would like to set up a local litter picking group (however small), we would love to hear from you.

“We can offer you free litter picking equipment, including pickers, gloves, high vis vests and sacks, along with a handy bin to store it all in and safety information.  Just email us at [email protected] to join our growing number of Litter Champions.”

Volunteers will be provided with black sacks for refuse as well as purple sacks to recycle plastics, glass and cans. Carlisle City Council will then collect these bags and ensure the contents are recycled or disposed of appropriately.

With the support of Carlisle City Council and local ward councillors, a comprehensive clean-up of the Stanwix area will be held between Monday 23 and Saturday, 28 March, coinciding with the national Great British Spring Clean (20 March - 13 April).

Volunteers who want to take an active part are being asked to take part in a litter-pick. This will be held on Saturday, 28 March. Anyone that wants to take part should meet at Stanwix Community Association Centre, Church Street, Stanwix at 10am.

Local community groups and schools have also been approached to see if they can lend their support. Anyone interested in organising their own activities in support of Stanwix’s Big Tidy-Up is asked to contact Cllr Paul Nedved on 07745 302097.

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean and to sign up and provide your support, visit

  • The Great British Spring Clean will run from March 20 - April 13 2020.
  • It is the country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign and was first run in 2017. In 2019 563,163 volunteers took part, including more than 175,000 school children. In total, volunteers collected more than 4,300 tonnes of litter – enough to fill more 239,000 wheelie bins!
  • In total 17,000 events were held over the campaign period and 272 local authorities took part.
  • The Great British Spring Clean 2020, in partnership with the Daily Mail, is made possible thanks to headline partners Co-op, Mars Wrigley, Red Bull and Wilko and is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The campaign is also supported by Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, Pepsi MAX and Walkers. 
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