Residents urged to get involved in a ‘Big Spring Clean’

Mid Ulster District Council is encouraging residents to organise or get involved in a ‘Big Spring Clean’ in their area.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 10:22 am
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 11:16 am

Big Spring Cleans have continued to take place even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit socially distanced.

The Council supports any community groups, sports clubs or schools carrying out a Big Spring Clean by loaning litter pickers, providing bin bags and by collecting and disposing of the rubbish afterwards.

Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Sean McGuigan said: “It is very pleasing to see the fabulous environmental work continuing in our communities even throughout the extremely difficult last 12 months. Residents have gone above and beyond in their efforts to assist our own street cleansing staff in ensuring our streets, roads, pathways, open spaces and beautiful country sides are kept presentable, and as litter-free as possible.

Pictured are the 100 bags of rubbish collected during a Big Spring Clean organised by Carntogher Community Association recently.

“Mid Ulster is renowned for its dedication to recycling and protecting the environment, consistently having the highest recycling rate of all 11 councils here. Big Spring Cleans are a continuation of this excellent work and are testament again to the enthusiasm our residents, our recycling heroes, show to all things green. I would encourage all community groups, sports clubs, schools and other groups to consider organising a Big Spring Clean in their area over the coming weeks.”

For more information on Big Spring Cleans go to: www.liveherelovehere.org.

You can also sign up to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’ s Adopt A Spot programme to receive a free Adopt A Spot kit for your group. The kit contains 5 litter pickers, 5 high vis vests, 5 pairs of gloves and bin bags. All you have to do is record your clean ups on your profile and agree to carry out four clean ups a year for a minimum of two years. To sign up go to: www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org.

To request Council support for a Big Spring Clean in your area contact John Murtagh at [email protected] or on 03000 132 132.

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