York gets ready for Great British Spring Clean

The rescheduled Great British Spring clean takes place next month and City of York Council is encouraging York residents to sign up and get involved.

The national event aims to inspire people to roll their sleeves up and get involved in litter picks and ‘tidy-ups’.

Originally planned for March, the campaign has been rescheduled to September due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Further safety guidelines have been put in place, and additional PPE is available for everybody taking part.

City of York Council is appealing to local residents, businesses and community groups to become ‘litter heroes’ by getting behind York’s annual spring clean event between Friday 11 and Sunday 27 September, in addition to the day-to-day work of the council and York BID to keep the city clean and tidy.

Over the course of the campaign, the council will be on hand to lend support to residents in several ways. This includes collecting extra waste in bags printed with a large ‘V’ for volunteer from the pre-planned spring clean events, and by providing equipment to help make jobs quicker and easier.

Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “One of the positives we saw during lockdown was a considerable drop in litter across our wonderful city and looking forward, it is incredibly important that we work with our communities to make York litter-free.

“To help restore the city to that level and to set an example of how to respect our city, I’d urge everyone to get involved in the Big Spring Clean itself, or at least by taking your litter home and encouraging others to do the same.”

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director of the York BID, said: “This extra boost to the look and feel of the city is very welcome – and helps make the city even more welcoming for all who live, work and visit here. Past Big Spring Clean events have made an amazing difference to York, so please do take part!”

The Big Spring Clean is a boost to the work front lines teams carry out all year round to help maintain and clean the city. This includes:

Maintaining grass: Ten gardeners mow open spaces and grass verges from mid-March and don’t stop until October. They cut approximately 41 million square metres of grass each year.

Maintaining hedges: teams start cutting hedges in housing estates, parks and ornamental areas from May and don’t stop until November. They cut approximately 77,000 linear metres of hedges.

Cleaning leaves and detritus from the road side: There are over 754,000 metres of kerb lines to sweep to ensure drains are not blocked and reduce the chance of weed growth.

Cleaning litter: teams check and clean around 975,000 metres of footpaths for litter, glass and lots of other things!

Emptying litter bins: teams have just completed the replacement of around 1250 litter and dog waste bins across the city, these are emptied at least weekly, depending on the location.

To request help, or to register your event with the council email environmentandcommunity@york.gov.uk. For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/GBspringclean call 01904 551551 or follow @cityofyork on Twitter using #YorkSpringClean