Great Bristol Spring Clean: Locals cleaning up the streets of Bristol

Bristolians have been cleaning up their streets after fines for littering increased in the city.

The Great Bristol Spring Clean, organised by Bristol Waste, has begun and is a scheme supporting Mayor Marvin Rees’ Bristol Clean Streets campaign.

The scheme has been a success in Brislington, where locals helped to clean up Nightingale Valley.

Ed Troughton, Community Engagement for Bristol Waste, says that local groups taking action is a positive step.

Despite the best efforts of the locals, litter is still present in Nightingale Valley.
Despite the best efforts of the locals, litter is still present in Nightingale Valley.

“We support people doing it and we provide the kit,” he said.

“We can take the rubbish away, so we want to do that, and we also make a record of that so we can work with the council and let them know just how many people there are in the city who volunteer their time.”

Communications Officer Sarah Hill and Community Engagement Ed Troughton of Bristol Waste.
Communications Officer Sarah Hill and Community Engagement Ed Troughton of Bristol Waste.

Bristol Waste is supporting local schemes across Bristol and, on its website, participants can reserve a litter picking kit.

Participants are also being encouraged to share their activity on social media with photographs and by using #BristolCleanStreets.

This is all part of a scheme by Bristol City Council to clamp down on littering across the city.

In 2018, there were 10,025 littering fines given out to people across Bristol, an increase from 1,967 in 2017.

Littering fines in Bristol. Source: Bristol City Council.
Littering fines in Bristol. Source: Bristol City Council.

The clean-up of Nightingale Valley has been organised by the ‘Friends of Brislington Brook’ on Facebook, and volunteers from the community litter-picked the woodland area.

The group said: “We could not have achieved as much without your ongoing support and commitment.”

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