Christine Cahoon Fri 03 Apr 2015 updated: Thu 22 Oct 2015
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful is asking community groups and individuals from all over Northern Ireland to register to take part in the BIG Spring Clean. Together we can all do one small thing, such as cleaning up, to show that we live here and we love here.
The charity aims to build a national movement for change through the civic pride campaign, Live Here Love Here. Live Here Love Here draws together Government, local authorities, Tourism Northern Ireland, community groups and individual volunteers. Together, they are forming an unstoppable force for change on litter by cleaning grot spots, by sprucing up overgrown spaces and by changing attitudes to make littering unacceptable.
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful's BIG Spring Clean brings a focus on litter during the month of April, enabling businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to unite in common cause to clean up and to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
In 2014 The BIG Spring Clean:
- Saw a staggering 105,819 people lift litter – more than double the amount of volunteers from the previous year.
- Over 127 tonnes of waste was removed from our neighbourhoods, beaches and countryside.
Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said: “We look forward to another exciting BIG Spring Clean, we can all get out and do our bit to show that we live here and we love here. We’re very proud of the hard work all of the volunteers put in and it is truly excellent to see that local environmental quality is being improved with the support of schools, volunteers, sports groups and local businesses within the community.”
Dr Humphreys added: “We live in a great country, with some fantastic communities and world class open spaces, but too often the carelessness of others means that litter plagues our environment. Our BIG Spring Clean is the opportunity for everyone in Northern Ireland to join the fightback against litter.
“We want to call on everyone who lives here and who loves here to join us. Let’s not pretend that we can ignore the scale of the litter problem we face. We can all play a part in cleaning up our treasured local spaces by taking part in a BIG Spring Clean.”
You can register your BIG Spring Clean online at www.liveherelovehere.org and when you register your event online we will send you out a FREE clean up kit to help with your clean up.