A MASS spring clean took place on Sunday in an East Staffordshire town. Sunday saw Uttoxeter’s largest ever litter pick with 110 volunteers attending the meet at Bramshall Park. The litter pick was part of the Uttoxeter Spring Clean, organised by The Globe Foundation and Rotary Club of Uttoxeter – the initiative also included a separate litter pick in the neighbouring village of Kingstone, where a further 17 volunteers took part.
The collective team of residents and local groups managed to clear an amazing 3,300 litres of general waste and 1,100 litres of recyclable materials from the market town’s streets, that would have otherwise sat polluting the environment.
The event also garnered support from organisations including headline sponsors Wilko, and members from East Staffordshire Police, Army Cadets and East Staffordshire Borough Council.
This initiative was part of a wider national campaign, the Great British Spring Clean, that encourages communities to get involved, get together and get rid of litter.
Kate Copeland, founder of The Globe Foundation said: “We are delighted with the turn out at the event and how supportive the whole community has been.
“This was a particularly special litter pick for us, with it being the anniversary of our first pick.
“We have gone from six volunteers to 127 in a year.
“Our volunteer group was made up of families, neighbours and friends, they all did an incredible job and the town of Uttoxeter can be very proud of their achievement.
“We hope their efforts inspire other communities to follow suit and we wish other Great British Spring Clean groups all the best for their planned litter picks in the coming weeks.”
A spokesman for Uttoxeter Rotary added: “Huge thanks to everyone who took part in the event.
“Afterwards there was a barbecue in Uttoxeter and afternoon tea in Kingstone to celebrate.
Thanks to Kate at The Globe Foundation for her hard work and all the Rotarians and friends that helped.”
Keep Britain Tidy uses this annual campaign to drive national awareness and action aiming to reduce the littering epidemic that is widely evident across the UK. To find out more go online to www.keepbritiantidy.org.
To find out more about the regular litter picks in Uttoxeter, visit www.globefoundation.org.uk.
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