Mendip supports communities to clean-up as part of country's biggest mass-action environmental campaign

Mendip District Council has pledged its support for this year's Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from March 22 to April 23, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country. 

The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish. 

Last year, Mendip District Council supported 35 organised events and provided litter picks and high visibility vests for over 580 people to help make our district a cleaner place.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton, said: "The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference. 

"We are delighted that Mendip District Council is supporting this year's campaign and would like to thank them for their support. 

"Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do." 

Haylee Wilkins, Group Manager Neighbourhood Services, said: ''This year's Great British Spring Clean is bigger than ever and we are dedicated to supporting our residents with successfully organising their litter picks by providing equipment to aid their events.'' 

''We can provide volunteers with litter picks, high visibility vests and also collect the waste gathered from events to ensure it is disposed of safely to further protect our environment.''  

If you would like Mendip to supply equipment to help make your litter pick a success, please visit Arranging Voluntary Litter Picks for this to be arranged. 

This year's campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled. 

Using the 'three bags full' approach, volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into three bags: one for plastic bottles; one for aluminium cans and a third for the rest of the rubbish. 

Mendip District Council can arrange the collection of these bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately. 

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit: Keep Britain Tidy