Corby Borough Council, along with volunteers, collected around 200 bags of litter and 40 pieces of flytipping during Corby’s part in the Great British Spring Clean last week.
The Borough Council backed the Country’s biggest-ever community clear up from 27th February – 4th March, by holding organised litter picks in the woodlands, Oakley Vale, Kingswood and Cottingham. Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said:
‘The Great British Spring Clean here in Corby was a great success and this wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of the fantastic volunteers we have here in our Borough. Together we have managed to clear up around 200 bags of litter that would have otherwise been blighting our community. We hope that this campaign has not only made Corby cleaner but has also brought to light just how much litter is being discarded thoughtlessly in our woodlands and estates.’
As well as the community litter picks Corby Borough Council also cleansed street signs in Cottingham and carried out their Dog Fouling campaign throughout Shire Lodge and Oakley Vale. As part of the dog fouling campaign Officers from Corby Borough Council’s Environmental Services Team sprayed dog waste in bright, stand out colours to encourage irresponsible dog owners to see how much it affects our environment and to hopefully change their behaviour. Throughout the dog fouling campaign, water based, environmentally friendly, spray is used, and all dog fouling is cleared away once the campaign has finished.
Gretton Primary School, Weldon Church of England Primary School and Chirpy Chicks PreSchool in Gretton also participated in the Great British Spring Clean during the week. Some of the activities included a litter focused assembly, a photovoice workshop in which youngsters took photographs of litter issues and discussed how they affect us all and of course the youngsters helped with some litter picks of their own too.
Corby Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Jean Addison, said:
‘I’d like to say a big thank you to all of those that took part in the Great British Spring Clean, Corby’s community never fails to come together to support such campaigns. After collection over 300 bags of litter through our recent Clean for The Queen campaign we are pleased to have collected a further 200 bags and hope that these campaigns are highlighting the affects of littering in our neighbourhoods and makes people think twice before dropping their waste on the floor.’