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IW Council and Amey support Spring Clean

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Hand picking up garbage plastic for cleaning the woods or parks. Environmental protection, Earth Day, volunteer concept.

The Isle of Wight Council, with waste partners, Amey, will be supporting Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) again next month.

The campaign takes place from March 25 to Sunday, April 10, supporting families, neighbours, friends and colleagues to join forces to pick up litter to protect communities and wildlife habitats.

Cabinet lead for environment, heritage and waste management, Cllr Jonathan Bacon, said: “I’m calling on our Island community to come together with us in our on-going campaign against fly-tipping and littering.

“Join GBSC’s #BigBagChallenge and pledge to pick up as much litter as you can; just one bag of litter collected can make a difference to our beautiful environment. We are happy to back this campaign, with our partners, Amey, by arranging the pick-up of any waste collected.”

On the day of the litter pick, take hand sanitiser to use before, and wear gloves whilst completing the litter picks, or use a litter picker. Try not to share your litter picker but if you have to, make sure you wipe it down with sanitiser before swapping. Make sure volunteers know health and safety risks, who is responsible for first aid, how to use the equipment, the route and timings. Don’t disturb animals, damage plants or remove natural ‘rubbish’ like logs, stones and weeds.

To get involved, register your litter pick at bit.ly/3JG5avy, contact cleanupwight@iow.gov.uk and tell them your name or the name of your group, a telephone number or email address to contact you on, and the date, location and finishing time of the litter pick. You’ll also need to complete a risk assessment. Make sure all volunteers, particularly children, are aware of what not to pick up, like drug-related litter.

After the litter pick, you can email the details of the event and any unusual items you picked, to media@iow.gov.uk.