Wombles wanted for borough-wide spring clean

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Last Updated: 17 Feb 2020 12:54pm

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is calling on residents to unleash their inner Womble by volunteering for this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

The council is working with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recruit an army of litter pickers to take part in the annual event during March and April. Last year at least 700 people took part across the borough – more than any other area of Kent. Together they collected the equivalent of 1,300 sacks of rubbish from parks, pavements, rivers and hedgerows.

Volunteers can search for a local collection to join or organise their own via the Keep Britain Tidy website. Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council provides litter picker sticks, bags and safety equipment.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Environment Services, Cllr Robin Betts said: “I would like to thank people of all ages who get involved and show what’s possible through a mass action campaign of this kind. We had a fantastic response in 2019 and want to build on that this year with even more people discovering their inner Womble by devoting a bit of time to helping keep our borough beautiful.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “We are delighted that Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support. Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council works with a range of local organisations and the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP), which brings together the county’s local authorities to deliver the Keep Kent Clean campaign.