Ashfield District Council’s three week BIG Ashfield Spring Clean campaign has been a huge success in making Ashfield a cleaner place to live, work and visit!
The BIG Spring Clean ran across the district between 19th May and 9th June 2018 with static skips and flying skips allowing local residents to dispose of the household and bulky waste.
Over 82,000kgs of waste was collected across the district, with over 60,000kgs of this collected in the 37 static skips placed across the district as part of the campaign. 99.66% of all the waste collected in the static skips has been recycled and 867 free bulky waste collections were requested, allowing those who were unable to take advantage of the skips to still benefit from Spring Clean.
Residents took the opportunity to clear out their unwanted household waste, with the top four materials collected in the Static Skips being wood, packaging, furniture and plastics. The Council received over 860 requests for free bulky waste collections, with the average time for collection being just 4.3 days.
Residents also got involved in litter picks within their communities, including in Teversal and Stanton Hill and employees at Asda, Sutton got involved with their own litter pick. The volunteers collected hundreds of bags of litter, and the Council would like to thank all those that got involved.
£13,645 was spent on the full cost of the skips and advertising, all other costs were met from existing budgets. Extra funds were made available from the reduction in the number of Cabinet members, due to the new Leader of Ashfield District Council, Cllr Jason Zadrozny, carrying out the roles of the previous Leader and Deputy Leader and by reducing the number of Council subscriptions to periodicals.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield Council says “The BIG Spring clean has done exactly what we wanted it to, giving residents the opportunity to clear out their household and bulky waste. The figures show just how successful the campaign has been, the response from residents has been amazing and I’d like to thank everyone that took advantage of the Static & Flying Skips and the bulky waste collections.”
“The fact that 99.66% of the waste was recycled demonstrates the Council’s commitment to increasing recycling rates and we’re proud to say that only 0.32% of the waste went to landfill. The free bulky waste collections also proved hugely popular with residents, 200 mattresses have been collected along with over 190 fridge freezers and range of other items. The Council has seen a 21% year on year reduction in household bagged waste being fly tipped. The BIG Spring Clean is just the beginning of a number of initiatives the Council will be rolling out to make Ashfield a cleaner place to live, work and visit."