A spring was in the step of a group of pupils as they helped launch an annual campaign.
Schools, community groups, businesses and residents are being invited to support North Tyneside Council’s Big Spring Clean, which was launched last week.
Now in its seventh year, the initiative runs until the end of May and encourages the public to organise clean-up events.
A group of students from Churchill Community College – ‘Churchill’s Waldo Warriors’ – held a litter pick in the streets around their Wallsend school.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “The Big Spring Clean is about everyone doing their bit to make North Tyneside an even better place to live.
“The campaign always achieves excellent results and it’s a great example of how working together with our residents, businesses, schools and partners, we can make a big difference to our communities.”
During the 2013 campaign, 311 bags of rubbish were removed from 54 community clean-up events.
Over the course of the campaign, wardens will remind dog owners of their legal obligations to clean up after their pets, issuing fines to who those who do not.
Coun Harrison added: “Although the majority of dog owners are responsible, we are receiving an increase in the amount of complaints about dog fouling in the borough.
“Dog mess is extremely unpleasant and a health hazard and we will continue to take necessary action against those who choose to break the law in this way.”
And for the fifth year running, Operation Hotspot – a partnership between the council, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, which tackles fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and home fire safety – will return for 2014.
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 1000 103.