The Council is asking local residents, businesses and community groups to become ‘litter heroes’ by getting behind York’s annual spring clean event next month, on or around the weekend of 2-4 March.
Part of the Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’, the event seeks to inspire people to roll up their sleeves and get involved in community litter picks and ‘tidy-ups’ in wards across the city.
Over the course of the weekend, the council will be on hand to lend support to residents in several ways, including collecting extra waste that is in bags printed with a large ‘V’ for volunteer from pre-planned spring clean events and providing equipment to help make jobs quicker and easier.
Cllr Andrew Waller, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for the Environment, said: “The annual spring clean provides a great opportunity for residents, voluntary groups and businesses across York to come together and make a real difference to how our city looks.
“We know that the vast majority of York residents take a real pride in their local area and want to support the work of the council to keep it litter free. If people work together as ‘litter heroes’ we can achieve a huge amount over the weekend and support the work by the council and the Business Improvement District.”
Andrew Lowson, Executive Director of the York BID, said: “The York BID has a remit to work with stakeholders and improve the appearance and environment of York city centre. We all know how important it is to keep the city clean for the businesses who operate here, the residents who call it home, and the millions of visitors we host every year.
“The York BID are happy to support and endorse the Great British Spring Clean on behalf of the businesses we represent. By providing two operatives every day of the week to enhance the work of the council, we are proud to be part of a wider team that aims to keep York as clean and attractive as possible.”