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Plans announced for 100-person litter pick as part of the UK’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign

The Globe Foundation and the Rotary Club have joined forces to coordinate a town-wide litter pick of Uttoxeter for this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

The Uttoxeter Spring Clean will take place on 24th March, with the aim of attracting 100 volunteers to take part in the litter picking event, which would be the largest clean up ever held in Uttoxeter. The litter pick will then be followed by a community picnic to celebrate the efforts of all involved.

Kate Copeland, Director of The Globe Foundation, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with the Rotary Club on this event. Litter is a widespread problem and we are hoping that this huge effort to clear the town, will help deter people from littering in future.

“For instance, the most common item of litter we find is cigarette butts, whilst small, they are toxic and help to poison our local waterways and wildlife but through the mass litter pick we will help remove lot of pollutants from our streets, making it cleaner and safer for the families and residents of the town.”

Kate Copeland (holding wheelbarrow) with some of her local volunteers at The Globe Eco Centre in Uttoxeter.
Picture by Damien McFadden

Last year, Globe had a team of 42 local volunteers that collected an amazing 27 bags of litter. Since then, a monthly litter pick has been established with residents and community groups helping to clear the streets of the well-known market town.

President of Uttoxeter Rotary, Anita Thomas-Epple commented “As President my focus this year is sustainability and reducing the amount of waste, especially single-use plastic, in our communities.  My husband and I often collect litter and discarded waste on walks and I so wanted to involve Rotary and the wider community on a large litter pick this spring. 

“It is fantastic to collaborate with Kate and The Globe Foundation who already have been doing great work in Uttoxeter to clean up our streets and parks.  We hope the people of Uttoxeter will join us on the 24th to make a huge contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.”

Rotary Club Junior Vice David Chapman, President Anita Thomas-Epple, Past President Dave Rushton, Vice President Dave Reeves.

The Uttoxeter Spring Clean is part of the national movement, the Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and the Daily Mail. The spring clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.

“We are delighted that The Globe Foundation and Rotary Club are supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Without groups like this across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

To find out more about the Uttoxeter Spring Clean or to register yourself and/or your organisation or community group team, please visit www.globefoundation.org.uk/gbsc