A pick-me-up that's good for everyone

Bucks communities have been busy binning and bagging this spring, as Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean has completed its ninth annual run.

Committed residents have come together as part of the country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign, collecting and safely disposing of litter from streets, parks and open spaces across the county.

Following this year’s theme ‘the environment is for everyone’, community groups and individuals in Bucks organised more than 94 litter picking events around the county – a record breaking year for the county.

The majority of the events took place in the south, where around 926 volunteers collected more than 1,723 bags, and clocked 1,852 volunteer hours.

Although The Great British Spring Clean is over for this year, the need for litter picking stays, says Buckinghamshire Council.

The council empties 4,000 litter bins every week, but two million pieces of litter are dropped every single day in the UK, littering towns and countryside.

Anyone can organise a litter pick or join an existing group. To get started, the council can help organise a litter pick in a local area by lending litter pick equipment, providing waste bags and collecting the waste afterwards.

More information is on on the council website.

Litter Lotto:
Litter picking isn’t just a group activity and doesn’t have to take a lot of time.

People can take part in the Litter Lotto, which can be downloaded as an app app on a phone. People taking part take a photo in the app of themselves throwing some litter into a bin.

This not only tidies up streets but also provides an opportunity to win instant cash prizes and offers, as well as entry into a weekly £1,000 jackpot.

Local Litter Lotto users also have a chance to win an extra £250 in an exclusive monthly prize draw, aimed just at people binning litter in Bucks.

Thomas Broom, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: ‘It was fantastic to see so many residents taking direct action to help improve their local area.

‘I hope that we see more and more people get involved and be passionate about keeping Buckinghamshire’s gorgeous landscapes clean and tidy, as this will benefit everyone.’