I have received the following update in respect of the forthcoming Great British Spring Clean:-

“I’m just writing to let you know that once again Leeds City Council will be supporting volunteer and community groups who wish to take part in the Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy. Many of those who have participated previously will have been contacted directly by Keep Britain Tidy, but if you can help to spread the word about the event to those who may potentially interested that would be very much appreciated. It’s really important that groups sign up to any events that they are putting on so that Keep Britain Tidy can accurately record the number of events and (where appropriate) others can join them should they wish to do so.

The link also provides information of events that have already been organised should individuals wish to join them

Things to note that may be different from previous years:-

  • The event is later and spread over a number of weeks (the beast from the east had a massive impact last year) 22nd March-23rd April.
  • Groups are being asked to sort the waste so that some items can be recycled. The Keep Britain Tidy model is to have general waste, plastics and aluminium cans in 3 separate bags. In Leeds because of the way that recycling is collected and processed, the cans and plastics should go in together so there will only be 2 bags needed. If any groups don’t feel that they can sort the waste, we are still happy to collect bags of general waste.

In order to support any groups joining the Great British Spring Clean, Leeds City Council is able to provide support by means of provision and removal of the appropriate filled bags from pre-agreed locations, as well as the loan of litter picking tongs, gloves and hi-vis vests. The amount of these are limited so we would urge any groups to request the loan of them in plenty of time and to return them promptly after use. Anyone groups wishing to borrow such equipment should contact or if they already have established links with the Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team, their local Team Leader.

There is a wealth of information and promotional material on the Keep Britain Tidy website.”