Bolton College has taken part in the ‘Big Bolton Tidy Up’, which encourages people to take responsibility for tidying up their own local area.
On January 5, around 60 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students from Bolton College took part in a tidy up of the Deane area. The students collected 62 bags of litter weighing 350 kg in an hour and a half.
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.
Suzannah Redmond, ESOL Foundation Team Leader at Bolton College said: “Students and young people sometimes get a reputation for not getting involved in their local communities 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’.”
In 2010, the council also launched a campaign to stop residents dropping litter through a combination of education and enforcement. People who do drop litter or allow their dogs to foul can be issued with a £75 fine and even prosecuted.
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 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.”