Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council is calling on its residents to get involved in the country’s first ever Community Clear Up Day this Saturday, 21 March.
The council will support any volunteer group or resident willing to help clear their local area by providing litter picking tools, rubbish sacks and gloves. All bagged rubbish will then be collected.
As well as being an awful blight on the borough - traditionally one of the greenest in the country - litter costs the council as much as £4m a year to clean up. That is the equivalent of running a library service for a year; repairing 100,000 potholes; providing 210 residential care places for older people; or building half a primary school.
The council successfully campaigned against litter last year – hiring two new enforcement officers to issue penalties to those who litter in Sutton; installing 300 new bins; and even displaying 11 tonnes of rubbish on the high street, to demonstrate a year’s collection of litter.
But there is still work to be done to keep Sutton clean and save the taxpayer money.
That’s why residents are being encouraged to get involved in Saturday’s national clear up day – a government initiative which aims to spruce up England’s high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.
The day will also mark the start of Sutton Council’s renewed anti-litter campaign.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Lib Dem Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said: “Our anti-litter campaign last year was very successful in changing attitudes towards the awful practice, but keeping our high streets, villages and public spaces in tip top condition is an ongoing job for the entire community.
“As well as being terrible to look at, litter costs the taxpayers of Sutton millions of pounds each year which could be much better spent.”
Cllr Whitehead urged residents to persuade friends and neighbours to get together to kick off the season in the best way possible – with a major spring clean.
Have an event planned in Sutton? Tweet @SuttonCouncil and use #ClearUpDay.
To request the council’s help, phone the contact centre on 0208 770 5000.