Great British Spring Clean postponed until September

Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean has been postponed until September.

Join us for the Great British September Clean, from 11-27 September, when we will be bringing communities back together to clean up our streets, parks and beaches.

If you had already planned to take part in the Great British Spring Clean you can reschedule your activity for the new campaign period, instead of cancelling it.

If you have signed up as a host and registered a clean-up on our website:

  • Please where possible reschedule your existing clean-ups to fall within the new campaign period, 11 – 27 September.
  • If your clean-ups are registered on our website map, you can amend the dates in a few simple steps:

    1. Log into your Dashboard on the top right of the Keep Britain Tidy website
    2. Click on ‘My clean-ups’
    3. On the clean-up you would like to change, press ‘update clean-up’
    4. Change the date and details of the clean-up on the form shown, scroll down and press ‘save’, or press ‘delete’ to cancel your clean-up and follow the prompts.
  • We recommend rescheduling your clean-up rather than cancelling it, so that all the volunteers who’ve signed up already can still take part.
  • Remember to contact all of the volunteers already signed-up to your clean-up to inform them of the new date
  • If your event is public, check your inbox for emails from us for notification of anybody who has tried to join your clean-up. If your event is private you will need to contact your volunteers through your usual channels.

If you have pledged to pick:

  • You don’t need to do anything! We will work on the basis that if you have pledged to support the campaign with an individual action, you will honour this commitment by acting on your pledge when you are fit and well to do so.
  • Please make sure that when you undertake your pledge you follow the latest government advice on COVID-19 and also follow our advice on clean-up hygiene here.

If you have joined a clean-up:

  • Please assume that any clean-ups which you have signed-up for as part of the campaign are now cancelled or postponed.
  • Within time you should hear directly from your clean-up hosts about any new dates being set for existing clean-ups for which you have tried to join.
  • Please return to the event map in summer to see what new clean-ups and dates have been scheduled in your area in line with the new campaign dates.

In the coming days and weeks, we will be updating you on how you can get involved and show your support to help Keep Britain Tidy now.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

We understand people’s concern regarding the spread of coronavirus. Although most people who catch coronavirus will most likely experience a mild illness, it can be severe for those older people and those who have underlying health conditions.

We can all play our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help protect the more vulnerable members of our communities. Simple and effective things like regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds can help stop the spread and also protect you and your community.

Check out the links below for tips, advice and to keep yourself up to date:

What you need to do to prevent catching and spreading the virus

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel
  • Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
  • Throw away used tissues and then wash your hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue use your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

How to get rid of your waste if you are either self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste.

  • Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner.
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.

After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.

Please note, individuals who are self-isolating should not visit Fengate Household Recycling Centre (HRC) to dispose of waste.

Join the Great British Spring Clean

We can all get involved to make a difference and make sure our local community, parks and streets are clean and free of litter. Currently we spend nearly £1.1m every year clearing up litter which people should be disposing of correctly. This money could be spent on other essential services and exciting projects within your community. So why not get involved in this year’s Great British Spring Clean from 20 March to 13 April by hosting your own community clean-up, joining someone else’s or by pledging to pick up litter while you are out and about.

Find out how to host your own clean up and details on how to arrange a litter pick with the things you need.

Aragon celebrates one year of services

Aragon Direct Services first year

This week it's our first birthday so we are celebrating and looking back at our achievements so far #aragondirect #localservicesbylocalpeople

Posted by Aragon Direct Services on Wednesday, 5 February 2020

On 2 February 2019, Aragon Direct Services was launched.

Aragon Direct Services took over the services operated by Amey in a phased transfer as follows:

  • 2 February 2019 – building cleaning service
  • 1 April 2019 – waste collection and home to school transport routes
  • 4 May 2019 grounds maintenance, street cleansing and building maintenance services

In the first year of service, our number one focus has been to continue to improve the services in a more flexible approach to meeting the growing needs of our city. For example, where priorities change and we want to amend schedules for a service such as grass cutting this can be arranged more easily than if through an outsourced contract.

Aragon Direct Services will allow us to generate income through commercial operations which will help us to deliver first class services to our residents.

Aragon Direct Services is the trading name of Peterborough City Council’s registered Local Authority Trading Company, Peterborough Limited.