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Litter picking champions star in Big Clean Up 7


An army of litter pickers took to the streets of Tower Hamlets last week for the council’s seventh Big Clean Up in support of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean.

Kicking off with a spring clean in the Isle of Dogs on 8 April, there was also a spruce up of the area surrounding Chrisp Street Market in Poplar on 9 April, which saw local MP Jim Fitzpatrick and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets pitching in to help.

Almost 100 bags of general rubbish and recyclable waste were collected throughout the week.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “It was good to meet volunteers who were out in force to lend a hand during Big Clean Up 7. We’ll continue to work with our partners and residents to help make the borough a cleaner and greener place to live.”

Jim Fitzpatrick, Poplar and Limehouse MP said: “Tower Hamlets is a fantastic borough and our home. We all need to do more to reduce the amount of litter on our streets. Events like the Big Clean Up bring people together with a common goal of taking pride in our borough.”

Scott Phillips, a senior vice president for Moody’s London office, said: “The opportunity to partner with Tower Hamlets Council, for the seventh Big Clean Up, was a great way for Moody’s employees to give back to the local community.

“Employee volunteering and a focus on environmental sustainability align well with Moody’s Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.”

Tower Hamlets Homes also took part with volunteers collecting 20 black bags of litter in Bethnal Green.

Susmita Sen, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes said: “We’re always pleased to join in with the Big Clean Ups and we know that residents appreciate the extra effort in making their estates look and feel even more attractive.

“This time we focused on getting planting areas and food gardens weeded and tidied in time to get those spring vegetables growing. Thanks to our residents who came out to help.”

The Big Clean Up events have welcomed almost 600 helpers at more than 60 events since late 2017 as part of Tower Hamlets’ Love Your Neighbourhood campaign.

Using the council’s free Love Your Neighbourhood app, users can report flytipping and abandoned vehicles at the touch of a button on Android and Apple devices or email streetline@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Residents can pledge their support for the Great British Spring Clean at www.keepbritaintidy.org