9 March 2015
Residents across Peterborough are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join the rest of the country to spring clean their neighbourhood on Saturday 21 March 2015.
The Community Clear Up Day invites friends and neighbours, litter clean-up groups, businesses, schools and individuals to tackle their favourite spots, whether it's clearing up a corner of the park, or giving their street a spruce up.
Schools and other organisations who might find a Saturday tricky can organise their event on Friday 20 March instead. People can also find information about other clean-up events held throughout the year on the Keep Britain Tidy website at www.thebigtidyup.org.
In the week commencing 16 March the city council will be publishing a list of Community Clear Up Day events taking place in the city.
Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for street scene, waste management and communications, said: "The fact is that the majority of the litter in our neighbourhoods is frustratingly caused by a small group of people. The mess they make limits how much we can enjoy our open spaces, damages the environment, impacts local business, affects house prices and costs us all money to clear.
"We can do something about this. By coming together on Community Clear Up Day as individuals, groups and organisations, we can take small actions to make our neighbourhoods better places to live and work and together make a big difference.
"The Community Clear Up Day supports what we are trying to achieve as part of our Cleaner Greener campaign which encourages people to take pride in their city."
The Cleaner Greener campaign asks people to bin their litter, recycle and stop causing or report flytipping and graffiti.
Each year the city council spends more than £50,000 cleaning graffiti off walls and £230,000 clearing fly tips. More than £750,000 is also spent keeping streets clean of rubbish. That's money which could be better spent providing important services for local people.
Community groups can make the city council aware of their Community Clear Up Day event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01733 747474.
On the day, people can share their clean-up efforts and pictures on social media using the hashtag #ClearUpDay.
A tool kit including posters, leaflets and banners is available to download at www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/clearupday