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Big Tidy Up 2010

 

Friday 19th March

Staff from Bedford Borough Council and supporting local businesses will be taking to the streets of Bedford next week to officially launch the 2010 ‘Let’s Tidy Bedford Together’ campaign.

 

On Tuesday 23rd March between 1-2pm Council staff and the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, will be giving up their lunch hours to litter pick the area around Borough Hall.

 

They will also be supported by local businesses including staff from Greggs, bpha and Bedford College.

Bedford Borough Council was selected to be a Local Authority Champion of the national Big Tidy Up scheme in September 2009. Since then, 36 official litter pick events have taken place with over 750 bags of litter being removed from the streets and open spaces of Bedford.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The Lets Tidy Bedford Together campaign has already been very successful but there is still more we can do.

 

“It is always great to see everyone pitching in at litter pick events and taking pride in the local environment. Any time that people can give in their everyday lives to help make Bedford a cleaner and greener place to live is extremely valuable.”

 

Bedford College’s Director of Sustainability, Esin Esat, said:

"Bedford College is proud of its riverside location and strives to make sure students appreciate the beauty of the local environment and play their part in keeping it clean and tidy.

"The College is also working towards to maintaining the wider environment and to this end is involved in a variety of "green" projects aimed at sustainability in partnership with local authorities, schools and other organisations."

 

Several staff from bpha will be supporting the event including Mike Hartley, bpha’s Executive Director for Finance.

 

Mike said: “I’m delighted that bpha staff are volunteering for this. One of our business aims is to help create places where people feel proud to live. With 9,500 properties in Bedford alone, we are glad to be helping to do just that.”

 

Javed Dar from Greggs South East added:

‘This is a great example that a council and businesses such as Greggs can work together positively to make a real difference to our community. Greggs would like to say a big thank you to all Greggs staff and volunteers who gave up their time on the day’.

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