Council backs Keep Britain Tidy’s #BigBagChallenge to help ‘spring clean’ Britain

One Bag – Big Difference: Calderdale Council supports residents pledging to pick one bag of litter for charity’s Great British Spring Clean campaign.

Calderdale Council is encouraging people to pledge to do their bit to clear up the litter that blights the borough during the Great British Spring Clean 2022.

This year’s mass campaign, from 25 March to 10 April, calls on families, neighbours, friends and colleagues to join forces and pledge to pick a bag of litter from nearby streets, beauty spots and beaches in order to protect our vibrant communities and precious wildlife habitats.

In Calderdale, the Council’s Green Spaces and Street Scene team is holding a clean-up event on every day of the Great British Spring Clean, visiting one of the borough’s 17 wards each day from 10am. Everyone in the community is welcome to join in and equipment will be provided.

The national call to action comes as Keep Britain Tidy reveals taking eco action in the outdoors appears to be critical to the wellbeing of our communities, with significant benefits to people’s mental health.

In a survey of people who took part in 2021, 86% said volunteering helped improve their mood, up from up 79% in 2020.

More than half (52%) agreed it helped them meet new people and make friends, and a staggering 91% agreed they felt more pride in their local area after participating.

Almost everybody surveyed (98%) agreed the campaign reduced the impact of litter on wildlife and the natural environment.

As well as polluting our streets, parks and beaches, litter harms wildlife, pets and cattle, and costs taxpayers a significant amount of money to clean up.

The Great British Spring Clean, now in its seventh year, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep – and the charity is keen to stress litter picking can be accessible to everybody with the right resources.

The charity reports a significant increase in the number of people litter picking in the great outdoors to help their mental wellbeing, following the additional pressures triggered by the pandemic.

Please see the flyers in the links below for events happening in the Central Halifax area.

Queens Road on Saturday 9 April 10am

Arden Road on Sunday 3 April 10am

Sowerby Bridge Beechwood Rec on Saturday 26 March 10am

Akroyd Park on Tuesday 29 March 10am