From the 16th to 29th October Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste Company ran another successful
initiative to help keep our city clean and tidy – the Autumn Litter Blitz.
Over the course of the fortnight, 504 bags of litter were collected by neighbours, friends, community
groups, schools and colleagues. A total of 507 volunteers took part, clocking roughly 1200 hours of
time beautifying our roads by freeing them from litter. 38 separate events took place from
Avonmouth to Hartcliffe and 23 community groups got involved in cleaning up their areas.
The Autumn Litter Blitz and the Great Bristol Spring Clean, a similar clean-up project that happened
in March this year, are initiatives that support the Mayor’s Bristol Clean Streets campaign – to make
Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020.
Bristol Waste Company have hundreds of litter picking kits available for use all year round, but doing
a concentrated drive really makes a visible difference to our streets and parks.
Mayor Marvin Rees said:
“I continue to be filled with pride by the scale of commitment the people of Bristol have to taking
practical action to clean up our city. 507 volunteers, 1200 volunteer hours and over 500 bags of litter – Bristolians are amazing.
We are continuing to up our game to support those who want a clean city. Kingdom start this week, and they’ll be issuing spot fines for littering and dog faeces being left on our streets.
We have an opportunity to have a clean city. It’s an opportunity I believe we can realise.”
Rob Umphray, from Keep Bristol Tidy, who regularly goes out with the BCR Streetscene Group and
litter picks said:
“I’m always amazed when I see the big difference that small groups of people can make when they work together to support their local community.”
If you’re interested in organising a litter pick or would like to join a local group then get in touch with
the Community Engagement Team at Bristol Waste Company
www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/litterpick, call 0117 304 9022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.