Today saw the launch of week two of the BIG Ashfield Spring Clean in Kirkby.
Kirkby Rotary led a litter pick around the town centre, encouraging other local businesses get involved and do their bit to help make Ashfield a cleaner place to live and work.
Mark Cawar, Kirkby Rotary Member said “Kirkby Rotary support a number of local community initiatives and community projects. Assisting Ashfield District Council with their initiative of a BIG Ashfield Spring Clean was one such project we want to help and support.
“The support of local businesses such as Feather Partnership Ltd is welcomed and demonstrates their commitment to help give back to the community.
“We are asking for the support of local businesses and residents to help the Rotary Club and the Council with this initiative. Many hands make light work, so if you can spare 30 minutes, one hour or more to help please do. Let’s help make Kirkby a cleaner, brighter place to live and work.”
Week one of the Spring Clean was a resounding success with hundreds of bags of extra waste being collected with kerb side collections. We received over 1000 requests for bulky waste collections and tonnes of waste was collected by the ‘Flying Skips’ on Saturday. Litter picks were also held across the district including a successful session in Stanton Hill.
Kirkby Rotary members were joined by Council Members and officers, litter picking all around Kirkby town centre. They also engaged with local businesses owners encouraging them to get involved. Small things like picking up litter outside their premises, sweeping and weeding and cleaning windows can make a real difference to the look of the town centre.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “Thank you to everyone that got involved in the Spring Clean in Sutton and Huthwaite last week. The amount of waste collected is incredible, and we’re excited to launch week two in Kirkby, Selston, Jacksdale and Underwood this week.
“It’s great to see local communities and businesses getting involved. Today’s litter pick around Kirkby demonstrates the difference business owners can make to creating cleaner town centres.”
The Council are also running other initiatives alongside, including a sting operation which targeted small waste carriers. Two waste carriers were caught without licenses. Residents are responsible for the legally disposing of their waste and it important you check waste carriers you use have the correct paperwork. Operations like this help us to tackle and reduce fly tipping in the area.
Cllr Zadrozny continued: “Fly tipping is a blight on our communities and will not be tolerated in Ashfield. The Spring Clean is offering the residents the chance to dispose of their extra waste. If residents chose to use unregulated waste carriers they take the risk of being prosecuted, and this is something we will and have done.”
Local businesses, community groups and schools are being encouraged to organise litter picks in parks, open spaces and litter hot spots. Anyone interested in joining in with the campaign can contact Gillian Welch, Senior Community Engagement Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 01623 457535.