Newcastle City Council urges residents to take part in the #BigBagChallenge

Newcastle City Council encourages residents to take part in the Keep Britain Tidy's #bigbagchallenge

Daisy Harrison
23rd March 2022
Credits: @KeppBritainTidy via Instagram
The Great British Spring Clean is back for its seventh year this Easter!

Keep Britain Tidy are running their #bigbagchallenge between 25th March – 10th April. The campaign focuses on creating a greener Britain by encouraging everyone in the UK to fill at least one bin bag with litter. So far, the challenge has over 100,000 pledges from individuals, schools, and groups, to fill a bag. Newcastle City Council are putting particular emphasis on Saturday 2nd April, in which they are calling for a city-wide spring clean.

Keep Britain Tidy have outlined their main causes for the #bigbagchallenge, including:

  • End Waste – this focuses on the importance of recycling and reducing food waste. Recycling helps to reduce landfill and prevent pollution - ultimately benefitting our ecosystems and wildlife. Some tips to help reduce food waste are: not overbuying food, planning meals before you go food shopping, and freezing leftovers. This will also help to save money in the long term!
  • Educating Future Generations – Currently, over 2.3 million children are involved in Eco Schools, which is a charity-led programme, engaging young people in environmental action & education. By taking part in the #bigbagchallenge, we can inspire future generations to keep Britain green.

Taking part in the #BigBagChallenge is easy! You can collect litter as an individual or you may want to gather a group of people to help. It is recommended you take a strong black bin bag, litter pickers, gloves, and hi-vis vests. You should then find a safe, public area and separate the litter into three bags – one for plastic, one for metal, and one for general waste. Once you’ve filled your bags, you should dispose of them into bins, or arrange with Newcastle Council to get the bags collected. Results can then be reported via the ‘collect and count’ form on the Keep Britain Tidy website and posted onto Twitter using #yourcityyourhome.

You can also keep an eye on the Go Volunteer page, as they often run events with Keep Jesmond Clean, which is a great way to get involved with reducing waste whilst also meeting some new people!

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