Ashfield District Council has been presented with the national Community Engagement Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards.
In 2015, the Even Cleaner Streets initiative was launched with three main strands: Environmental Volunteers, Green Buddies and Clean Street Awards.
The Council received the Award for its work empowering local people to get involved and look after their local area through litter picking, bulb planting and other environmental tasks.
Individuals, schools, Surestart Centres, businesses and uniformed groups have been invited to sign up to the scheme, which encourages everyone to get involved and take positive action to make a difference in their community.
Since the initiative started there have been 16 schools sign up to the Green Buddy Scheme, over 350 people have taken part in environmental initiatives and 103 people are now registered as Environmental Volunteers.
The Council also scooped the runner up prize for the Recycling Campaign of the Year Award for work in encouraging residents to change their behaviour in relation to recycling at home and in the wider environment.
The new waste bin scheme has seen an increased recycling rate of around 46% with the summer months even exceeding the 50% target.
Councillor Tim Brown, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “These Awards are a fantastic achievement for the Council and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Ashfield residents, partners and volunteers”.
To get involved in future initiatives or sign up as a volunteer, please contact Community Action on 01623 457092 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org