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Great British Spring Clean 2019

Great British Spring Clean 22 March - 23 April 2019

Plymouth’s residents are being encouraged to take part in the city’s biggest ever volunteer tidy up as part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

Plymouth City Council is backing the national Keep Britain Tidy led campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April, which will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country. The Council is working with local volunteer groups including Clean Our Patch and Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers to encourage local people to get involved.

The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.

It also supports the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plan for Plastics which aims to reduce single use plastics and tackle plastic pollution.

This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled.

Where possible, participants will recycle as much as they can using the ‘three bags full’ approach, and volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into three bags: one for plastic bottles; one for aluminium cans and a third for the rest of the rubbish.

Plymouth City Council will then collect these bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately. Find out more about what you can recycle in Plymouth here.

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit the Keep Britain Tidy website.

Details of Volunteer spring clean litter pick events in Plymouth

Saturday  23 MarchShaldon Crescent, Honicknowle, PL5 3RG10.30amClean Our Patch –
Sunday 24 MarchFreedom Fields Park (meet at Café), PL4 8RJ11amClean Our Patch –
Friday 29 MarchCoop, Pike Road, PL3 6HJ10.30amClean Our Patch –
Saturday 30 MarchSt Levans Park, PL2 1JT (meet at 33 College Road)10.30amClean Our Patch –
Sunday 31 MarchMeet at Breakwater Road, Plympton, PL9 7HJ10.30amClean Our Patch –
Sunday 31 MarchMoor View Park, Keyham, PL2 1LJ10.30amClean Our Patch –
Sunday 31 MarchHoe waterfront beach clean – meet on path above Tinside Lido opposite the Dome.10amClean Our Patch –
Saturday 6 AprilKings Tamerton Community Hub, PL5 2BU10.30amClean Our Patch –
Saturday 6 AprilBrook Inn, Plympton St Maurice, PL7 1NJ10.30amClean Our Patch –
Sunday 7 AprilFaraday Mill – meet outside Unit 21, PL4 0ST10.30amClean Our Patch –
Sunday 7 AprilMount Batten Beach, PL9 0HP – beach clean2pm

Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers
Monday 8 AprilWeston Mill meeting at Carlton Terrace, PL5 1BA6pmClean Our Patch –
Tuesday 9 AprilMeet at Sage Café, PL3 4JN Mutley Plain.10.30amClean Our Patch –
Thursday 11 AprilMeeting at Mind, 8 Woodside, PL4 8QE10amClean Our Patch –
Friday 12 AprilIn collaboration with SEA - meeting at Carlton Terrace (Camels Head end), PL2 2DR10amClean Our Patch –
Saturday 13 AprilMeeting at Co-op Victoria Road, PL5 1RQ10.30amClean Our Patch –
Saturday 13 AprilBeach clean – meet at Bovisand beach, PL9 0AD2pm

Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers
Sunday 14 AprilFerryhouse Inn, Saltash Passage, PL5 1LD11amClean Our Patch –
Monday 15 AprilCar park in Broadway, Plymstock, PL9 7AU10.30amClean Our Patch –
Monday 15 AprilBeach clean at Bovisand beach, PL9 0AD (meet at bottom of steps on beach)10am

Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers
Tuesday 16 AprilThe Falstaff, Clittaford Road, Southway, PL6 6QF10.30amClean Our Patch –
Tuesday 16 AprilMount Batten beach, PL9 9SL - meet at Mount Batten Beach, or if you want a lift a minibus will be going from National Marine Aquarium - call 01752 275217 to book a place on the minibus.10am

National Marine Aquarium - call 01752 275217 if

you want a lift on the minibus.

Wednesday 17 AprilWindmill Inn car park, PL6 8QB10.30amClean Our Patch –
Thursday 18 AprilCar park, Alexandra Road, PL6 5AE10.30amClean Our Patch –
Friday 19 AprilOutside KFC at Barne Barton10.30amClean Our Patch –
Saturday 20 AprilSt Budeaux Church, PL5 2HN1.30pmClean Our Patch –
Saturday 20 AprilParkway Social Club, Ernesettle Lane, PL5 2EY1.30pmClean Our Patch –
Sunday 21 AprilHaynes Road, Elburton, PL9 8JG10.30amClean Our Patch –
Sunday 21 AprilBovisand Beach – special Easter beach clean searching for Mermaids Purses on the beach (actually shark and skate eggs), also looking for Nurdles and rubbish. PL9 0AD (meet at bottom of steps on beach)1pm

Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers
Saturday 27 April

Wycliffe Surgery, Cattedown, PL4 0BZ

10.30amClean Our Patch –

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