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Keep Britain Tidy launches Great British Spring Clean across South Harrow

Thousands of volunteer ‘Litter Heroes’ in Harrow and across London – as well as other parts of the nation – are grabbing their litter-pickers as the country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign – the Great British Spring Clean – begins.

This year’s Great British Spring Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, drives home the fact that everyone shares responsibility for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of ‘Litter Heroes’ from various communities uniting to tackle litter, even decades-old ‘retro rubbish’ is being addressed.

Litter-picking, a simple action, yields immediate results, as evidenced by 95% of participants feeling they made a local impact in 2023.

After successfully cleaning up every street in Wealdstone in 2023, the Harrow Litter Pickers group have taken on the challenge of cleaning up every street in South Harrow.

Casey Dalton, Harrow Litter Pickers lead said: “Actively caring for where you live is something to be very proud of, we’re all just local people doing what we can to make Harrow a cleaner and brighter place! Litter picking is good fun, great exercise, and it’s nice to do something positive for the local area.”

Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West said: “It’s pretty remarkable the level of rubbish that can be found in under an hour. Littering is inexcusable and everyone can help by disposing of rubbish properly. Fundamentally, I don’t think it should be up to charity alone but I know it is getting harder for Local Authorities to cope after a long decade of cuts.”

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“It’s great to see residents of all ages involved in this project. From primary schoolers to the retire, there is an incredible amount of work that the Harrow Litter Pickers voluntarily do to clean up streets.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “We’re celebrating 70 years of taking action for the environment and it’s our belief that the environment belongs to everyone.

“The Great British Spring Clean is the perfect time to shout about everything we’ve achieved together in the past seven decades and say a big thank you to the volunteers, staff and supporters who have made it possible.

“However, you choose to mark our 70th anniversary this Great British Spring Clean, your efforts will make a huge difference to the environment on your doorstep.

“The tireless work of our staff and volunteers has brought us a long way since 1954 – but now the planet needs us like never before as millions of tonnes of new and historic litter makes its way from the land into our waterways and oceans each year, causing catastrophic damage to our wildlife and natural habitats.”

‘Litter Heroes’ up and down the country are being encouraged to make a pledge via the Keep Britain Tidy’s website, www.keepbritaintidy.org.