Communities encouraged to help tackle litter by taking part in Great British Spring Clean

RESIDENTS, voluntary groups and organisations across Oldham are urged to do their bit to tackle litter and fly-tipping by taking part in the Great British Spring Clean (May 28 to June 13).

If you don’t have equipment then this can be loaned from Oldham Council via its District Teams at environmental.services@oldham.gov.uk

The local authority will also remove bagged litter after an organised group litter pick but will need to agree dates, times and locations in advance. Individuals are asked to put any collected waste in your bin at home.

Outside gathering are currently restricted to 30 people due to coronavirus restrictions.

If you take part and take any images tag in @LoveOldham on Facebook and @OldhamCouncil on Twitter and use the hashtag #GreatBritishSpringClean

To find out more about the campaign, or to register, visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

To report issues visit https://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200609/contact/1920/report_a_problem

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “When we speak to residents the recurring issues they bring up are litter, fly-tipping and how they want to see clean streets.

“As council leader I’ve taken those comments on board. That’s why we’ll now be investing more money in our street cleaning and environmental teams.

“A small minority in our communities and neighbourhoods, plus people from outside the borough, continue to think they can just dump waste and leave the council, our partners and other residents to clear up the mess.

“That’s why campaigns like the Great British Spring Clean are not just about picking up litter.

“It’s also about sending a clear message to those who drop litter and dump waste: it’s not acceptable, report it to us and if we find evidence then we will take action.”

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