The Keep Britain Tidy campaign is running from March 22 to April 23 and aims to bring people across the country together to help tidy our streets, parks and countryside.
In Tamworth, the borough council’s Street Scene teams collect litter and waste seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year, including bank holidays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
They are supported by community-spirited groups and individuals who already volunteer their time to help keep the town clean throughout the year – but there is always more work to do.
As part of the Great British Spring Clean, Tamworth Borough Council is encouraging more groups and individuals to join the campaign, lend a hand and declare that litter pollution is not acceptable.
Anyone who would like to organise a litter pick in their area is asked to contact the Street Scene team who will advise on locations that need attention, provide litter pickers and bags, give health and safety advice and arrange for bagged waste to be collected.
Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Our teams do work incredibly hard to keep Tamworth as clean as possible, 365 days per year, but it’s a big job and there is a lot to keep on top of. Around the town we have several volunteer groups who manage the borough’s Local Nature Reserves and we are grateful to them for their help and interest in protecting the environment and wildlife on those sites.
“We also have other community-spirited groups and individuals who are currently working with us to take an active role in doing their bit for the local environment.
“Unfortunately though, littering remains an issue, and in an ideal world people wouldn’t drop it. If we all do our bit, we can help make a difference. The Great British Spring Clean is being run over a month this year and will hopefully get people thinking about the impact we are having on the environment and inspire them to grab a litter picker and a bag and give even more parks, residential areas and public spaces a good deep clean.”
On average, Tamworth Borough Council’s Street Scene team sweep around 80 tonnes of litter and detritus from the streets every month and manually pick up around 40 tonnes of litter and fly tipping waste.
The mechanically swept up waste is transferred to a reclamation site in Coleshill where oils and other recyclables are extracted. Of the handpicked waste, scrap metals, electrical items and hazardous waste are removed and the rest is sent to a ‘waste to energy’ processing plant where it is converted into electricity.
Tamworth Borough Council also has over 900 litter and dog waste bins. The borough wide cyclical bin emptying program is undertaken seven days per week with bins in high demand areas serviced more than once per day.
In addition, the council responds to service reports and aims to remove fly tipped waste within five days of receipt and has a 24-hour response time for high priority waste removal such as syringes, offensive graffiti, drug related litter and broken glass.
However, while the Street Scene crews work hard to keep the borough clean, there is always more work to be done and help from the community is welcomed.
Any residents looking to arrange a litter pick are asked to contact 01827 709709 to confirm a location, collect litter picking tools and run through a quick health and safety briefing.
Alternatively if you would like to be involved with local volunteer or conservation group litter picks, contact the Wild About Tamworth Project Officer: Mobile: 07970 067711 or email: [email protected].
Send us your litter pick photos and let us know how many bags you collect. Email: [email protected] or tag us on social media #Tamworthspringclean @TamworthBoroughCouncil #GBSC
More information about the Great British Spring Clean is available at www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean.
It is a criminal offence to drop litter. People can be fined £80 if spotted dropping litter, with a maximum penalty of £2,500.