Over 181 bags of rubbish have been collected across Bolton as part of the ‘Big Bolton Tidy Up’, which aims to encourage people to take responsibility for tidying up their own local area.
Bolton Council launched the campaign in Halliwell in September this year with the aim of working with community groups and encouraging them to help the council by keeping their towns and neighbourhoods clean.
Over 22 community groups and schools across Bolton have registered to take part and over 181 bags of rubbish have been collected.
The council has provided groups with litter pickers, gloves, branded tabards and bags and helped them to do their bit for their local park, street or school.
One of the groups which has carried out a clean-up is Darul-Quran Mosque, who tidied up the Derby St area in November. Lots of people joined in the clean-up and over 30 bags of rubbish were collected in just a few hours. Other groups which carried out clean-ups include Leverhulme Kids Club which cleaned up Leverhulme Park; Gorton Fold Residents Association tidied up Gorton Fold, Brownlow Fold school cleaned up the local area and Essa Academy tidied up Helier Street and the surrounding area.
McDonalds staff also carried out a tidy up in September in areas across Bolton including Rumworth Park, Haslam Park, Quebec Playing fields and the Middlebrook Trail. Further tidy-ups are also planned by Bolton College and the Mayor of Bolton in the new year.
Cllr Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “We’re delighted that so many community groups have got together to clean up their local streets, parks and places of worship. The council is committed to making Bolton a cleaner and greener place to live, but we need the support of residents to make sure the borough stays that way.
“We hope that residents and community groups will continue to show pride in their local area and get involved to clean up their own streets, schools and community areas.”