Thank you to all the #LitterHeroes of Mendip!

The Keep Britain Tidy, Great British Spring Clean held 22 March - 23 April, was a massive success with over 560,000 people taking part in litter picks across the nation.

Litter Heroes - WainwrightsDuring the month long event, here in Mendip, hundreds of volunteers took part in a number of organised litter picks. We would like to thank our residents for their hard work and dedication organising and volunteering at these litter picks.

Haylee Wilkins, Group Manager Neighbourhood Services, said: ''We are amazed at how successful this year's #GBSpringClean has been. Mendip residents have made a real difference to their community and collected hundreds of bags of waste. Thank you to the #LitterHeroes of Mendip!''

Wainwrights & Co Ltd coordinated a week long litter pick along the quarry routes in Mendip involving a number of businesses including Aggregate Industries, Hanson, Tarmac, and Morris & Perry.

Wainwrights & Co Ltd said: ''Littering is an issue we all feel strongly about, our beautiful landscapes are blighted by litter strewn among hedgerows and in verges, by clearing it we're improving the situation for everyone and making a tangible difference to our beautiful surroundings. 

''Over the week, we covered 15 miles of verges and collected several skips' worth of rubbish, including a sofa and a fridge freezer! We are proud of what we all achieved - all the teams did an amazing job!''

Cleaning up streets, parks and beaches, #LitterHeroes across the country have been making big improvements to the environment on their doorstep.

  • 17,097 clean-ups were held and 957,377 bags of litter collected - that's 239,344 wheelie bins full of rubbish or 4,308 tonnes worth.

  • Around 61% of the litter collected was 'general waste' and approximately 39% has been recycled (18% plastic, 21% aluminium). 

  • Over 1.1 million hours have been dedicated to the campaign - equivalent in time to 128.5 years (24/7).

To find out more about the campaign, visit: www.keepbritaintidy.org