‘Great British Spring Clean’ results are in

08/05/2019, PR-9049

Great British Spring Clean

Wakefield Council is delighted to announce that volunteers collected over four tonnes of rubbish in just 19 days during the 'Great British Spring Clean'.

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 463 volunteers spent 52 hours in total collecting 919 bin bags of litter. This weighed in at 4,052kg – the equivalent of over four tonnes.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "We want to thank everyone who has supported the campaign.

"The results are fantastic and it is wonderful to see so many people taking pride in their area - we want to bring everyone together in the fight against the crime of littering.

"We will continue in our efforts to increase awareness of the issues surrounding littering and fly tipping, and by working together, we can keep our district free from litter."

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

The Council would like to remind everyone that the 'litter pick me up' campaign will continue and any residents wishing to get involved can find more information at www.wakefield.gov.uk/pickmeup or by following #litterpickmeup on social media.

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