Residents support anti-litter campaign

25/04/2019, PR-9043

​Wakefield Council is thanking hundreds of residents for helping to clean up the district, during the 'Great British Spring Clean' and is urging others to get behind the campaign.

​The Council, which last month launched its own new campaign to encourage people to clean up after themselves – called 'pick me up', wants as many residents as possible to get involved to help tackle the issue.

 

Over 20 community litter pick me ups took place, which were organised to coincide with the national 'Great British Spring Clean', run by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

 

This included eight organised litter picks in Ackworth, Carr Gate, Crofton, Featherstone, Minsthorpe, Pontefract, Upton and Walton.

As many as 269 volunteers spent 27 hours in total, collecting 600 bin bags of litter. This weighed in at 2,540kg and three tonnes of fly tipping was also removed.

 

Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: "Thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign.

 

"We also want everyone to take personal responsibility and stop dropping litter – it isn't acceptable to throw litter through the car window or to drop it on the road – people need to take it home or find a bin."

 

Rubbish costs Council taxpayers in the Wakefield district nearly £2.7million a year to clean up, money that could be spent on other services.

 

Everyone is being urged to get involved, and play their part in making a difference.

 

For more information, where to and how to get involved, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/pickmeup or follow the hashtag #litterpickmeup on social media.

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