Bolton College and local businesses on Deane Road have joined forces to carry out their own 'Big Bolton Tidy Up’ to tackle litter around the area.
On Friday April 1, around 30 hairdressing students from Bolton Community College and three members of staff took part in a tidy up of the Deane area.
They were joined by employees and owners of several of the fast food businesses in the area.
Bolton Council launched the ‘Big Bolton Tidy Up’ campaign last year to work with community groups and encourage them to help the council by keeping their towns and neighbourhoods clean.
More than 22 community groups and schools across Bolton have registered to take part and more than 240 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.
Jenny Lee from Bolton College said: “Students and young people sometimes get a reputation for not getting involved in their local communities and for leaving litter outside takeaways and we were determined to prove that simply is not the case. Our students really enjoyed doing their bit and helping to give the area an early ‘spring clean’.”
Mr Javid Kadva, owner of The Steak Out said: "As a takeaway, we do sometimes face problems with customers dropping their litter on the pavement outside. So we decided to set a good example by cleaning up ourselves and hope this encourages our customers to do the same.”
Cllr Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “We’re delighted that so many young people from Bolton College and businesses from the local area have got together to clean up their local streets around the college. The council is committed to making Bolton a cleaner and greener place to live, but we need the support of everyone 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.”