Published: Wednesday, 17th April 2019

More than six tonnes of waste was collected during the 2019 Great British Spring Clean in Medway.

Medway Council supported the Great British Spring Clean – the country’s biggest-ever community clear up led by Keep Britain Tidy.

Between Friday, 22 March, and Saturday, 13 April, the council organised 24 litter picks across Medway and 309 residents volunteered their time to help the council’s community wardens pick up rubbish. 

In 2018 we collected 277 bags of litter, equalling a huge two tonnes. That’s the same weight as a giraffe. This year we collected a staggering 769 bags of rubbish which weighed more than six tonnes – that’s the weight of three giraffes, or two hippos.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered

Sarah Valdus, Head of Environmental Services at Medway Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and took part in the various litter picks across Medway. We could not have collected such an astounding amount of litter without your help.

“I would like to use this opportunity to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish properly. We have 1,454 litter bins across Medway for members of the public to use to dispose of their waste.

“We work hard all year round to keep Medway clean and tidy for residents and visitors to enjoy please help us by disposing of your waste responsibly.”

Residents who would like to organise community clear ups in their local areas are encouraged to email communityteam@medway.gov.uk to find out more.

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