The council has started preparations ahead of its third Spring Clean which begins Friday 22 March and runs until Tuesday 23 April. The Torfaen Spring Clean will run in parallel with Keep Wales Tidy’s annual Spring Clean Cymru campaign.
By working in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy and other partners such as Bron Afon, 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: “The litter which accumulates along the verges of the A4042 is a common complaint from residents, so it made sense to start out spring clean preparations here (even though they belong to Welsh Government).
“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 a community litter pick.
Local resident Ron Ford of Griffithstown, Torfaen volunteer 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.
“People need to take pride in where they live. If everyone picked up one piece of litter a day this problem would disappear overnight.
Lesley Jones Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive said: “Torfaen’s spring clean coincides with our national Spring Clean Cymru campaign, with thousands of volunteers expected to take part in events across the country which is great.
“We know a good quality environment matters to people and the benefits can have a big impact on our communities, health and well-being and economy. So we encourage the residents of Torfaen to help the council clean up the borough by getting involved in a local litter pick.”
Anyone interested in getting involved in a local litter pick should visit www.torfaen.gov.uk/springclean and register their details. Alternatively join our dedicated Facebook page Torfaen Greener Cleaner Volunteers to get involved.
Posted on: Tuesday 5th March 2019