Join in and help keep the Staffordshire Moorlands clean

GROUPS and communities across the UK are gearing up for the Great British September Clean - and Moorlanders are being encouraged to get involved! Keep Britain Tidy usually runs its big Spring Clean in March and around 680,000 volunteers had signed up to take part but, as with so many other things, Covid-19 meant it couldn't go ahead then so it's taking place next month instead. The campaign runs from September 11 to 17 and people are being urged to take action to clean up streets, parks and other public places. Things are a little different this year but there are two options for anyone wanting to get involved: ·         Organise a private clean up with up to five members of your family and friends ·         Pledge to do your own individual clean up - even if you can only spare a few minutes Councillor Sav Scalise, cabinet member for the Environment at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "Our neighbourhoods and local communities have become more important to us than ever this year and this is a great opportunity for people to get out and about and do something positive which will make a visible difference to the spaces they love. "Taking part in activities outdoors is good for us in so many ways but it's important that volunteers follow all the necessary safety guidelines to contain the spread of the coronavirus by ensuring they maintain a distance from others taking part and that they regularly sanitise their hands." The council's waste partners AES can supply litter picking sticks, high-vis vests and gloves and we'll pick up the rubbish that's collected. Email parks-streetsSMDC@allianceenvironmental.co.uk if you want to get involved. You can find out more about the campaign, and make the pledge, at https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean



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