Bin bags at the ready for the Big Bournemouth Clean Up

by | Mar 20, 2024 | News

Bournemouth’s town centre is set for a serious spring clean, as volunteers from Bournemouth businesses get to work.

The Big Bournemouth Clean Up, organised by the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) will take place on Wednesday March 27th, where 50 volunteers from Bournemouth businesses will join the Town Rangers and Town Centre BID staff to hit the streets, each armed with litter-pickers and bags.

Among those getting behind the clean-up effort are staff from Gentings Casino, City Centre Recruitment, Evelyn & Partners, Sharkeys, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth University International College, Avenue Centre, Bobby & Co, Lush, and Experience UX.

The event is being run with support from Atlas Cleaning, while Turtle Bay, in Old Christchurch Road, will be hosting the teams with hot refreshments and food at the beginning of the clean-up.

BID Chief Operating Officer, Paul Kinvig, said:

“Once again, we have been overwhelmed with support from our town centre businesses, who have stepped up with enthusiasm to give their time and effort at our clean-up event. This is a great testament of their commitment to Bournemouth, and the pride they take in helping our town be the best it can be. We are, of course, incredibly grateful to Atlas Cleaning and Turtle Bay for their brilliant support too.

“Each year, this event makes a huge impact and this year’s event comes at an ideal time for us to give the town centre a great clean up ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend and the school Easter Holidays. We’re excited to get to work and help ensure our town centre is looking its best ahead of this important period.”

The Big Bournemouth Clean Up aligns with the Great British Spring Clean, which takes place from March 15th – 31st. This is the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign run annually by Keep Britain Tidy – which celebrates its landmark 70th anniversary this year.

Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, Allison Ogden-Newton said:

“Thank you for once again for making this very special campaign possible. In our 70th year, we are very proud of our history and continuing our role in fighting to protect Britain’s environment.”

Keep Britain Tidy is asking volunteers across the country to make a litter picking pledge and helping make a huge difference to the environment. After the 2023 campaign, volunteers picked more than 400,000 bags of litter across the country, 91% of participants felt that they were taking action to tackle litter, 81% said that taking part improved their mood, and 80% who took part felt empowered to make a change for good.