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SWT backs the Great British Spring Clean 2022

18 March 2022 : Council news, Community, Environment

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council is proud to once again support the Great British Spring Clean, to help keep local communities clean, green and litter-free.

This year’s campaign takes place between 25 March and 10 April, with SWT continuing its own spring-cleaning programme until the end of June.

The district’s neighbourhoods, parks and public spaces have become very popular in recent years with more people opting to exercise outdoors.

Despite the best efforts of SWT’s Street Cleansing team and those of countless volunteers, however, the increase in footfall has caused a spike in littering.

Consequently, and in addition the normal work carried out by the Council’s street cleansing contractor, staff will be tackling litter in locations across the district, targeting problem areas such as residential streets, highway verges and open spaces.

As part of this year’s efforts, the Council is encouraging members of the pubic to take pride in their neighbourhoods by picking up after their dogs and disposing of litter responsibly.

If the nearest public bin is full, litter should be disposed of at home. Full or overflowing bins can be reported using the Council’s online Litter and drug debris form.

The public is also encouraged to get involved by pledging to pick up litter in their local areas through the Great British Spring Clean’s #BigBagChallenge.

SWT is keen to support community groups or individuals wishing to take part through the loan of equipment and PPE, and any rubbish leftover can be removed and disposed of by prior arrangement.

To find out more, visit Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean and SWT’s Community litter picks webpages, or email enquiries@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk.

Cllr Andy Sully, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “Last year’s spring clean was hugely successful. Between April and June 2021, we managed to fill a staggering three skips with litter collected by a team of three litter pickers visiting 60 open spaces and estates across Taunton, Wellington and West Somerset.

“We’re fully committed to supporting this year’s Great British Spring Clean and with a renewed sense of pride for our open spaces, we aim to raise local awareness and drive home the message that a tidy district benefits both our environment and our wellbeing.”

In its recently published budget for 2022/23, SWT has also agreed £600,000 for an Environmental Improvement Fund towards enhanced street cleansing, graffiti removal and refurbishment of existing street furniture. Further funds will also be invested on new paths, benches and play equipment in open spaces across the district.