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It’s Spring Clean time!

Schools, residents, businesses and community groups are being encouraged by Waltham Forest Council to get involved in their annual Spring Clean initiative.

This year’s Spring Clean is being organised in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy, which is running a national campaign to help clean up Britain before the Queen’s 90th birthday in April. Clean For the Queen/Spring Clean will run over the first two weekends of March, so if you are interested in organising a clean-up in your area the Council can help provide the necessary equipment.

Last year’s Spring Clean proved a roaring success, with community spirit, group involvement and good old elbow grease all contributing to a better borough. Over the course of two back-to-back weekends local residents spared the time to make their neighbourhoods cleaner and tidier, from litter picking to painting, cleaning to pruning.

Literally thousands of individual residents were involved, with 48 different Spring Clean events, leading to the removal of 18 tonnes of waste and the planting of over 2,000 bedding plants. Groups ranged from scouts to mosques and included 17 schools and 31 Resident Associations. Selwyn Primary School in Highams Park had 250 children go out in shifts to pick up litter.

In Leytonstone residents gathered outside the station armed with bin bags and gloves for litter picking, and spades, rakes and shovels for planting. Aubrey Road Residents Association went even further being supplied with heavy duty cutters, a tree saw and black paint for lampposts by the Council.

“This year we aim for an even better turnout and to make an even greater impact,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.

“It’s become an annual tradition that has really captured the imagination of local communities up and down the borough over the years. Everyone is welcome to take part and Council officers will be happy to accommodate requests for help and equipment.”

Another recent initiative to help keep the borough clean has been the installation of Bigbelly bins outside The Scene in Walthamstow. The ‘smart waste and recycling system’ crushes waste so they don’t need to be emptied as often and will send the Council an email when they are full.  The bins are currently being trialled, with plans to move them to Church Lane in Leytonstone after a few weeks.

To organise a clean-up or to join one near you, email the Council’s Neighbourhoods Team at or phone 0208 496 3000.

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