Great British Spring Clean
The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with one simple ambition: to bring together people from across the country to clear litter that blights our towns, countryside and coastline.
Litter is a huge problem across the UK, causing harm to the environment and wildlife. Over the past year, COVID-related litter, such as face masks and gloves, have added an additional risk to both the public and our green spaces.
The campaign, from 28 May to 13 June, is a key milestone in Keep Britain Tidy’s calendar, encouraging thousands to help clear up their neighbourhoods.
For 2021, the charity is calling on volunteer ‘litter heroes’ to help it reach a target of a million miles of picking (#MillionMilesMission). All minutes and hours promised will be converted into miles and counted on the Great British Spring Clean website. On average it takes 20 minutes to walk or litter pick a mile - you can help the campaign reach the million mile goal by pledging to pick around your local area on their website - here.
The local community group, Keep Epsom & Ewell Tidy (KEET), has organised a borough-wide litter pick on Monday 31 May (details on their Facebook page). The council are supporting this initiative by providing litter pickers and arranging for collections of the group’s collected litter from pre-arranged locations.
If you are one of the over 900 people who have signed up to the council’s litter picking pledge, we’re urging you to join in by undertaking the litter pick with KEET or on another day as part of the Great British Spring Clean.
Individuals litter picking on their own should put their collected rubbish in their normal domestic refuse bin.
Please see the volunteer litter pick guidance on our website (here)