Craig Whittaker, Member of Parliament for Calder Valley, has pledged his support for this year’s Great British September Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The campaign, which was postponed in early spring due to Covid-19, will run from 11-27 September 2020. It will encourage the great British public to remove litter from streets, parks and beaches across the country.
The Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show they love where they live and in 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.
Richard McIlwain, Deputy Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said:
“The overwhelming response to last year’s Great British Spring Clean showed that hundreds of thousands of people who love where they live and are prepared to take action to make it better for themselves, their families and their communities”
“Never before has it been more important for our community to unite in our fight against litter. We know that taking part in community action has positive effects on our mental health, and right now, anything we can do to unite British citizens and empower communities to make a difference during these uncertain times is so important”
“We are delighted that Craig Whittaker MP is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank him for taking action to clean up his local environment and beyond”.
Craig Whittaker MP said:
“We have seen more litter across the Calder Valley, and evidence suggests that local fly-tipping has increased substantially.
It was a shame when the Great British Spring Clean was cancelled. We usually have many communities across the constituency taking part. The initiative really does make a difference, and the event has a social element which brings communities together.
For this reason, it is great that we now have the ‘Great British September Clean’! It is difficult to organise community litter picks at present because of the Government’s guidance and social distancing. However, we can all still play our part by picking up and disposing of litter when we see it.
Thanks all and happy picking!”