Children help kick off campaign’s return

Langley First School received a visit from the Big Spring Clean campaign , including mascot Waldo the Wonderdog and his arch enemy Litter Bug.

Langley First School received a visit from the Big Spring Clean campaign , including mascot Waldo the Wonderdog and his arch enemy Litter Bug.

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A campaign aiming to ensure the borough is looking its best is returning for an eighth year.

Pupils at Langley First School, in Monkseaton, were on hand to help North Tyneside Council launch the Big Spring Clean campaign on Monday.

The campaign is all about people doing their bit to improve their local area and over the last eight years, the public has really got behind it.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment

Running until the end of May, schools, businesses, voluntary groups and public-spirited residents are being invited to support the initiative.

The council’s environmental mascot ‘Waldo the Wonderdog’ and arch enemy ‘Litter Bug’ visited the school for an interactive assembly,

And the school’s ‘Eco Warriors’ took part in an ‘hour of power’ during which they litter picked in the playground with council wardens.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Making sure North Tyneside is well-maintained is a priority for the council all year round, but the Big Spring Clean brings the community together to lend a hand.

“The campaign is all about people doing their bit to improve their local area and over the last eight years, the public has really got behind it. With their help, we always achieve excellent results and I’m sure this year will be no different.

“I am delighted this year’s campaign got off to such a good start at Langley First School – I must thank the children and staff for their help.”

This year, to try to outdo the 2014 results, the council is asking people to carry out an ‘hour of power’ and take part in a council-led hour-long litter pick, or organise their own.

During the 2014 campaign, ten tonnes of rubbish were removed from 73 community events.

For information about the Big Spring Clean and to find out about council-led litter picks or to organise your own, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0345 2000 101.