Clean-up mission coming to Bishopston

September 10 2014

BRISTOL'S mayor will be rolling up his sleeves to clear some of the rubbish littering streets in Bishopton and Redland this Saturday.

BRISTOL'S mayor will be rolling up his sleeves to clear some of the rubbish littering streets in Bishopton and Redland this Saturday.

The clean-up mission is part of a nationwide anti-waste movement called Let's do it! which aims to improve the local environment.

Mayor George Ferguson is calling on residents from across the city to join him.  

Bristol City Council reports that it costs over £5m a year to clear up cigarette butts, bottles, cans, chewing gum, pieces of paper and other waste across the city, which could otherwise be invested on other public services.

Every year the council collects around 6,000 tonnes of street litter and around 1,400 tonnes of fly-tip material.

The Mayor said: “This is a great opportunity for all Bristol citizens to take pride in helping to clean up our city and our neighbourhoods following my launch of the anti-litter campaign last year. It is essential we continue this good work by ensuring the city is clean, tidy and well presented. We should be intolerant of the carelessness and thoughtlessness of individuals and establishments that cause the litter in the first place.

“I believe that we should all take some responsibility for looking after our environment – especially as we lead up to being European Green Capital next year. This is about being good neighbours and caring about the environment in which our children grow up. Please join me in helping to make a real difference, with the added benefit of meeting like-minded activists in the community.”

The Let’s do it! campaign began in Estonia in 2008 and is a global network of anti-waste movements that have united ten million volunteers.

Residents can help highlight the scale of the litter hotspots by posting a picture of the waste collected on Twitter with the hashtag #letscleanupBristol.

Dropping litter in a public place can result in a fixed penalty notice of £75 or a fine - if taken to court - of up to £2,500. 

Find out about the nearest clean-up event or to organise your own event at www.letsdoituk.net. For more information, and the mayor’s stance on litter, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/binit.