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Spring clean sweeps across Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 March 2018

Cllr Bungar. Picture: Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Bungar. Picture: Gravesham Borough Council

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An army of residents and community groups have been coming out in force to take part in this year’s Great British Spring Clean, and cllr Alan Ridgers has reminded the borough that such schemes don’t have to be necessary.

The youngest volunteer, 4-year-old Isabelle. Picture: GBCThe youngest volunteer, 4-year-old Isabelle. Picture: GBC

The national campaign, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, has been sweeping across Gravesham throughout the month.

Cabinet member for the environment, cllr Alan Ridgers, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the volunteers, but it’s important to remember that the litter problem is caused by other irresponsible members of the community.

“If the council and the litter-picking groups didn’t have to spend their time picking up other people’s rubbish, their time could be spent on much more positive community work such as planting, painting and other environmental improvement work.”

Across more than half a dozen litter picks that have taken place, more than 115 bags have been collected along with 16 tyres, two mattresses, two fridge-freezers, two shopping trolleys, an assortment of building waste and much more general waste by more than 60 volunteers.

Chalky Bank litter volunteers. Picture: GBCChalky Bank litter volunteers. Picture: GBC

Anyone who would like to organise a litter pick can do so at any time by contacting the council, who will provide the equipment.

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