Join the Great British September Clean

This September, Keep Britain Tidy is calling all litter heroes across the UK to help look after and improve the environment in their neighbourhood by taking part in the Great British September Clean 2020.

You may recall earlier this year, that the annual Great British Spring Clean was postponed due to Covid-19. The Great British September Clean, running from 11 to 27 September is an opportunity for individuals or private groups to show how much they care about where they live by helping to clean up their local area.

However, as Covid-19 continues, it’s important that everyone who takes part in the Great British September Clean takes adequate precautions and follows the latest Government guidance*. 

There are two ways residents can get involved: 

  1. Organise a private clean-up group with up to five family and friends or a group of a maximum of 6 people if they are coming from different households.
  2. Pledge to do their own individual clean-up, giving as little as 15 minutes by joining the Great British September Clean (details below).

This campaign will help to remove the considerable amount of litter currently seen in all our green spaces and parks and will make them more enjoyable places to visit. 

Unfortunately, we do not have equipment to loan and cannot supply bin bags. However, if you let us know when and where you or your organised groups are planning to litter-pick, Elmbridge Borough Council’s parks maintenance team will collect the rubbish bags to ensure that they are disposed of swiftly. If left on site, it is likely they could be scattered by wildlife or blown away. Please email greenspaces@elmbridge.gov.uk to let us know of your plans. 

Cllr Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “Like many other people, I simply cannot understand why people would want to litter our beautiful parks and green spaces. Sadly, like many other places, we have seen a huge increase in littering in the borough since lockdown, making it difficult for our parks maintenance team to cope with the problem, even with additional collections and bigger bins at some popular sites. We must be realistic: we simply cannot cover all areas all the time; so, we kindly ask residents, local litter-picking groups and all willing individuals to give us a hand to keep our parks clean. It is also a great way to show young family members how to care for the environment, too. Together, we can make a big difference”.

To find out more or to register your ‘clean up’ head to the Keep Britain Tidy website. 

If you would like your bags collected by our parks maintenance team, please contact greenspaces@elmbridge.gov.uk, giving at least 4 working days’ notice, so we can support you as much as we can.

*Government guidance on the current restrictions may change, so please follow the latest guidance when taking part.  

For more information, call 01372 474568, email greenspaces@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit our leisure webpages.

Date published: 2 September 2020

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