Posted on: Friday 14 February 2020
The council has started preparations ahead of its fourth Spring Clean, which begins Monday 9 March and runs until Friday 3 April. The Torfaen Spring Clean will cross over with Keep Wales Tidy’s annual Spring Clean Cymru campaign, which begins Friday 20 March and runs until Friday 13 April, so there will be lots of activity going on throughout the borough.
By working in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy and other partners the council is encouraging community groups, sports and social clubs, churches, schools, businesses and residents to get involved and take part in litter picks and clear up events in their area.
Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment, said: “I am delighted to announce we have 17 Spring Clean litter picking events planned so far which start on 9 March 2020 at 9.00am, meeting at the bus turning point below West Mon School.
“Our street cleansing crews and countryside staff work hard out in the community everyday litter picking and trying to make the borough clean and green, but keeping the environment litter-free is all of our responsibility. By working together we can make an even bigger impact than what we do when working alone.
“We would like the community to join us again this year, and I encourage as many people as possible to give up an hour or two to get involved in one of the many planned community litter picks.
Local resident Ron Ford of Griffithstown, a volunteer Torfaen Litter Champion, said: “Volunteering is hugely rewarding and makes a real difference to the community and I would encourage everyone to get involved in the Torfaen Spring Clean or organise your own.
“People need to take pride in where they live. If everyone picked up one piece of litter a day this problem would disappear overnight.
Anyone interested in getting involved in a local litter pick can visit www.torfaen.gov.uk/springclean to find out where the litter picks are being held.
Alternatively, you join our dedicated Facebook page Torfaen Greener Cleaner Volunteers to get involved.