Bolton Council is launching the fourth phase of the Love Bolton Hate Litter campaign, the Big Bolton Tidy Up, which aims to encourage people to take responsibility for tidying up their own local area.
The Big Bolton Tidy Up will be launched in Halliwell on Saturday, September 25 by the council’s Environmental Services and Neighbourhood Management team, who will be working with the Krishna Temple youth group and other groups of young and older residents to tidy and clean up the area. Lofty the Lion will also be on hand to provide moral support and cheer on the young cleaners.
The Big Bolton Tidy Up is also being supported by Keep Britain Tidy as part of their national Big Tidy Up campaign across the UK.
There will be four simultaneous tidy ups taking place between 10am and 12pm in Beverley Road, Oxford Grove, School Hill and the Queen’s Park area.
Council staff will then be encouraging other community groups across Bolton to carry out litter picks and clean-ups in their local areas. The council will be providing litter pickers, gloves, branded tabards and bags to these groups and encouraging them to do their bit for their local park, street or school. Any groups interested in doing a litter pick or clean up in their area should visit the council website on the link opposite.
Other groups interested are able to register their details online, including which area they want to clean and on what date. They can also request litter pickers, tabards and bags. Groups who register their interest are also given a downloadable guide for planning their clean up, which includes ideas for publicising it and a checklist to make sure the event is carried out safely.
The council has already had interest from McDonalds, whose staff will be carrying out a tidy up on Thursday 23 September in areas across Bolton including Rumworth Park, Haslam Park, Quebec Playing fields and the Middlebrook Trail. A number of schools such as Blackrod High School will also be carrying out their own tidy ups as part of the campaign.
The first part of the campaign focused on litter caused by cigarette butts and a second phase focused on preventing dog fouling, whilst the third phase focused on bin fire prevention. Future phases will begin over the next few months looking at waste dumped in back streets and flytipping.
Cllr Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “The council currently spends £2.8m a year keeping the streets of Bolton clean, and is committed to making Bolton a cleaner and greener place to live. However, we need the support of residents to make sure the borough stays that way.
“We hope that residents and community groups will show pride in their local area and get involved in this ‘Big Bolton Tidy Up’ to clean up their own streets, schools and community areas.”