Tonnes of rubbish is removed in campaign

Pupils from Langley First School, Monkseaton, show their support to the campaign with council wardens.
Pupils from Langley First School, Monkseaton, show their support to the campaign with council wardens.

An environmental clean-up campaign has been hailed another success by organisers.

More than seven tonnes of rubbish has been removed from the borough in North Tyneside Council’s annual Big Spring Clean campaign.

It has been running now for eight years and each time we achieve brilliant results

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member with responsibility for environment

This year’s campaign has been backed by local scout and brownie groups, emergency services, schools, businesses, voluntary organisations, resident groups and individuals.

And more than 17 clean-up events took place around the borough since March.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member with responsibility for environment, said: “The Big Spring Clean is all about people coming together for the benefit of the borough.

“It has been running now for eight years and each time we achieve brilliant results, but none of it would be possible without the help of all those community-spirited people. I must say a big ‘thank you’ to them all.”

This year’s campaign also had a focus on tackling responsible dog ownership, too, following requests from residents.

Wardens reminded dog owners of their legal obligations to clean up after their pets, with 10 fixed-penalty notices issued to those who failed to do so or who were found dropping litter.

The Dogs Trust helped out by running events where dog chipping and basic dog heath checks were provided, for free, while the Prince’s Trust at TyneMet College litter picked outside the venues.

It also saw the return of Operation Hotspot, which tackles fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and home fire safety checks, with support from Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue.