Bolton Council is urging local community groups to support a national campaign to clean up their communities.

Clean for The Queen has been launched by Keep Britain Tidy and the Countryside Alliance and aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday in April.

Supported by the Government, Clean for The Queen has also won the backing of councils across the UK and is centered on a weekend of activity from March 4th to 6th, 2016.

Bolton council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up the litter that blights our streets, parks and open spaces.

They will work with the groups to provide litter pickers and bags and will also collect the full bags after the litter pick is completed.

Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “Dropping litter is an antisocial activity, which can damage our public spaces, attracts vermin and can also injure or kill our wildlife. Its costs the council over £2.6m to clean up litter every year.

However, we are lucky to already have many groups and individuals all across Bolton who regularly volunteer to clean up their local area for the benefit of residents, and we hope that they will volunteer to take part in this campaign.”

Clean for The Queen campaign director Adrian Evans said: ‘We hope a million people will join us in a mass litterpick to give our beautiful country the facelift it deserves.

‘Litter is a problem that councils across the UK spend the best part of £1billion clearing up every year. By taking part in Clean for The Queen and clearing up the country, individuals and communities will not only be giving The Queen a suitably impressive gift to mark her 90th birthday, they will also be giving themselves and their area a present – a clean space in which to live, work and play.’

Groups or individuals interested in doing a litter pick for the weekend of 4-6 March, or at any other time can contact daniel.thomson@bolton.gov.uk