Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Could YOUR group organise a Spring Clean? Join the Big Spring Clean 2009!

South Gloucestershire Council is helping volunteer groups and parish councils to spring into action and clean up their neighbourhood or open spaces, helping to transform South Gloucestershire as part of National Spring Clean 2009.

The Council is running the South Gloucestershire Big Spring Clean Campaign 2009 which runs from 1st April – 30th April and is encouraging everyone to join in. Friends, families, neighbours, Parish Councils, community and voluntary groups, church groups, schools and students, youth clubs, scouts and cadets, brownies and guides, and businesses are all invited to take action against litter!

Many groups already take part in voluntary clean-ups during the year, but Spring Clean provides an opportunity for schools, youth clubs, environmental organisations, voluntary groups, communities and businesses to play an important part in a bigger, co-ordinated campaign. It is an ideal occasion for anyone who cares about their local environment to venture down to their local open space, woodland, river, park or public garden and take action.

Register now to claim your free Big Spring Clean supplies!

The supply of free gloves, refuse sacks and skips are on offer to groups who organise a community Spring Clean event. But supplies are limited so you need to register your interest early. South Gloucestershire Council will also arrange to collect all the litter you pick up as long as it is bagged and pick up locations are agreed in advance.

If your Group / Parish Council is organising an event and you would like to receive free gloves and bags, to co-ordinate the collection of rubbish collected, or your group requires a skip, please complete and return the 2009 Big Spring Clean booking form (click here) by Friday 6th March 2009 at the latest.

The same link has more information about how you can get involved in South Gloucestershire Council’s Big Spring Clean campaign, or you can contact South Gloucestershire Council now on 01454 863592.

Bags and Gloves:

South Gloucestershire Council can provide free bin bags and gloves (please state numbers for adults and/or children).


Skips can be booked for larger events, though you will be expected to select the size required (mini, 4 yard or 6yard), together with location details and dates for delivery and collection. Skips will only be provided for litter collection and not for waste material from buildings. Schools will have to demonstrate that they have a serious litter problem before a skip will be supplied.

Spreading the word!

As part of the Big Spring Clean 2009, S Glos asking Parish Councils and Groups to record volunteer numbers taking par and hours, and take photographs of your event for the Council’s web site and future promotional materials. Full details will be sent out with orders for bags, gloves and skips.

Help and Advice for Organising Your Big Spring Clean Event

ENCAMS (Environmental Campaigns) is an environmental charity who campaign directly to the public, and are best known for the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. They have produced a very useful leaflet that provides helpful hints and advice for groups planning a Spring Clean event.

You can download a copy of their leaflet titled ‘Litter – Organising a clean-up’ here.

If you would like further information please contact either Richard Aston or Chris Giles (Partnerships and Projects Officers) on 01454 863725.

Remember! You must return your booking form by Friday 6th March 2009 at the latest.

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