Joining forces for the Great British Spring Clean action

Street cleaning crews, councillors and residents are joining forces to help give the borough a spring clean and remind everyone to bin their litter responsibly.

Merton Council is inviting everyone to its litter picking event in Pollards Hill tomorrow, which is being held as part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign.

The council is backing the national campaign to encourage everyone to become a ‘litter hero’ and do their bit to keep streets, parks and open spaces looking beautiful and litter free.  There is to be a whole host of community litter picks across the borough for the month-long campaign –  which runs until Tuesday April 23. The Keep Britain Tidy campaign also aims to encourage people to recycle more and avoid single-use plastics to help reduce litter.

The community call to action coincides with Merton Council’s campaign to clampdown on fly-tipping and littering which is a serious blight on the environment.

The council, which spends millions of pounds every year clearing up dumped rubbish and dropped litter, issued 6,956 fixed penalty notices for littering offences in 2018/19.

The Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Cleanliness, Councillor Mike Brunt, said:  “We are really keen to work together with residents and community groups on the shared goal of keeping our borough clean and tidy. Together, we can make a difference and make sure Merton continues to be a great place for families to live.

“Littering by the thoughtless and selfish few in our streets and parks is a major blight on the environment,  which impacts of everybody’s quality of life.  This is why we are taking a tough line on litter bugs and take a zero tolerance approach to littering and all forms of environment crime.

“The Great British Spring Clean campaign provide a wonderful opportunity to build upon the immense civic pride so many residents and businesses have for our borough. So I hope as many people as possible will be inspired to become a Merton ‘litter hero’ and join in events to blitz clean their neighbourhoods this month.”

Notes to editors:

  • The Great British Clean event in Pollards Hill organised by Merton Council will be held on Saturday 6 April from 10am until 1pm. To take part meet in the car park at the Community Centre on South Lodge Avenue.
  • Residents and groups can take part in an organised clean-up or set their own ones up. Organisers are reminded to register their events on the Keep Britain Tidy website and let the Council’s Street Cleaning team know. The team can provide information, advice and equipment such as rubbish bags, litter pickers and gloves.  Contact  John Ball on 020 8545 3173  or email john.ball@merton.gov.uk