Local organisations are encouraging members of the public to clear litter and plastics from Lincolnshire’s public areas.
Keep Britain Tidy, in partnership with the Daily Mail, is running a two-week ‘Spring Clean’ in order to remove litter and plastics from the country’s parks, beaches and waterways.
The hashtag, #GBSpringClean, is being used to encourage members of the public to get involved in picking litter from their local areas over the month from 22 March to 23 April.
Keep Britain Tidy say: “We are calling on #LitterHeroes across the country to help improve the environment on their doorstep.
“We’re aiming to inspire 500,000 people to join forces in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government, to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.”
The University of Lincoln is hosting the ‘Clean Lincoln Everywhere and Now’ (C.L.E.A.N.) group which will be tidying the areas around the Brayford campus from midday on Saturday, 30 March.
Andrew Greenwood, founder of the local group ‘River Slea Cleanup’ in Sleaford, says: “The Spring Clean is a great idea to focus people’s attention on litter in their local area.
“It will help communities to get involved and help to improve the environment where they live.
“I think things are getting better at a local level and people can see direct results.
“We are quite lucky in Sleaford, we have several groups that are already doing this, but this is not the case everywhere.”
The Sleaford group is inviting would-be volunteers to join them in cleaning up the riverbanks at 10am on Sunday, 24 March, behind the National Centre for Craft and Design.
The national campaign and public reaction came following the BBC programme Blue Planet II highlighting the impact litter and single-use plastic are having on the world’s oceans and wildlife.
In January last year, Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to make the UK free of all ‘avoidable plastic waste’ by 2042.
by Tom McBeth