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Everyone invited to take part in Litter Action week

16 March 2023

A week-long campaign of action to highlight the problems of littering around the city will take place this month and everybody is invited to get involved.

Litter Action Week, organised by Peterborough City Council and supported by several community groups including the Peterborough Litter Wombles, is being held between March 25 and April 1.

The campaign will be launched at Peterborough Town Hall on Saturday 25 March with a special event from 10am until 2pm featuring stalls from groups including the council, Aragon Direct Services, PECT, Viridor and the Wombles, highlighting the work they do to clean up litter and catch fly-tippers. The event will also include displays of fly-tipping cameras and sweeping machines in Bridge Street and refreshments will be available.

Anyone who would like to get involved can come along to the event where litter-picking equipment will be provided. Participants can then carry out litter picks throughout the week and all bags collected will be counted by ward, with certificates awarded for the largest haul. The council will arrange collection of all litter.

For more information and to submit entries of litter collected email or contact us via the council's social media channels @PeterboroughCC on Twitter and @Peterborough City Council on Facebook.

The campaign is being held to tie in with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean initiative and council staff will also be carrying out their own litter picks during the week.

The authority spends significant funds every year clearing up litter which could be spent on other essential services and exciting projects. It's hoped that the campaign will highlight the positive work carried out by the council and voluntary groups to tackle the problem, as well as encouraging more people to get rid of litter correctly.

Councillor Nigel Simons, Cabinet Member for Waste, Street Scene and the Environment, said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to come together and clean up litter around the city, so if you can spare some time please join in, either as an individual, a group or as a business or school.

"We are fully committed to cleaning up litter and want to highlight that despite our best efforts and those of local voluntary groups, it continues to be a problem which everyone has a part to play in tackling.”

Following Litter Action Week, the council will also be spending £120,000 on a Spring Clean from April 1, similar to those the authority used to run before Covid.

This will see areas targeted that are not normally cleansed through our normal routes such as shelter belts. Full details of this scheme will be announced shortly.