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Keep Boro Tidy

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Our hard-working crews help to keep our town clean and tidy all year round, but you can help too!

Keep Boro Tidy is an ongoing initiative which is all about encouraging and helping Middlesbrough residents, businesses, and community groups to help tidy up their communities, whether it's picking up pesky bits of litter with a small group of friends, sprucing up a grass verge, or giving your local park railings a lick of paint.

Taking pride in our environment - the places we live, work and enjoy with our family and friends - is everyone's responsibility. So if you have an idea of what you'd like to help with in your area, we'd love to hear it and we'll support you however we can.

We're incredibly grateful to all the fantastic volunteers and community groups who already help to tidy our town, and we'll continue to work closely with them as part of the Keep Boro Tidy campaign to join up our combined efforts across our communities.

From time to time we'll also organise litter picks which you can get involved with.

Litter picks at our Community Hubs

We have regular litter picks at our Hubs.

Hub Frequency Dates Time
Easterside Hub Fortnightly (Saturday) Saturday 25 September 2021
Saturday 9 October 2021
Saturday 23 October 2021
Saturday 6 November 2021
Saturday 20 November 2021
Saturday 4 December 2021
Saturday 18 December 2021
10am to 11:30am
Grove Hill Hub Monthly (last Wednesday of the month) Wednesday 29 September 2021
Wednesday 27 October 2021
Wednesday 24 November 2021
10am to 11:30am
Newport Hub Every 6 weeks on a Thursday Thursday 21 October 2021
Thursday 2 December 2021
1pm to 2pm
North Ormesby Hub Every 6 weeks on a Thursday Thursday 21 October 2021
Thursday 2 December 2021
1pm to 3pm
Thorntree Hub Every 6 weeks on a Tuesday Tuesday 19 October 2021
Tuesday 30 November 2021
11am to 12:30pm

If you'd like to get involved with any of our litter picks, please email cleanup@middlesbrough.gov.uk so we know to expect you, and please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. We'll provide you with the necessary tools and safety-wear so you do not have to bring anything with you. Don’t forget to help us spread the word!

FAQs

What is Keep Boro Tidy?

This is an ongoing project which will carry on over time. We’re encouraging our residents to get involved with a range of activities, some of which we'll organise and you can join in with.

This project is for the community, so we’d like you to get in touch with us and tell us what you want to do. We can help support you if you want to do something to make your area a little tidier, like litter-picking by yourself or with one or two others, or in a larger group.

We’ll work with you to support whatever ideas you may have, and we’ve got all the litter pickers and bags you could possibly need for whatever you’d like to do.

What type of things can people get involved with?

There are lots of things you can get involved with, including

  • litter-picking
  • weeding
  • verge tidying
  • alley cleaning
  • painting 'public furniture' like park railings, play equipment, or benches

Or, you can let us know any other ideas you may have to help spruce up your local community! We will support whatever you choose to do by providing you with equipment and advice, and overseeing your activities.

Will the council still be carrying out their usual work?

Our crews will of course still be carrying out all of their normal duties. This community work will sit alongside the work of our dedicated teams, who work 24/7, carrying out duties like street cleaning and verge cleansing in all weathers, in all seasons.

So why do you want residents to get involved?

Because we're all responsible for our planet and our own environment, and we can all help to make a positive difference. Our crews do a fantastic job but we need the help of the community too. Being involved with hands-on community work can give you a huge sense of pride and wellbeing, it can also help build friendships, and promote positive mental and physical wellbeing.

Why should I help?

We know our residents take pride in their area, and we want to offer everyone the chance to help Keep Boro Tidy. You could also be making a real difference to a neighbour who may be elderly or have mobility issues. By simply helping to clear up a few bits of litter on a grass verge near their home or remove some weeding that they can’t manage, you could be making a huge difference to their life. Your help could even prevent an animal from swallowing something dangerous, and help to protect their home and habitat.

How can I get involved?

Please email us with your requests or ideas at cleanup@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

You could get a few friends together or simply head out by yourself on your lunch break, and we’ll provide you with litter pickers and the appropriate tools at any time of the year. You could do it once a month, or make it a regular get-together with friends or colleagues. Or maybe let us know if there’s a patch of grass that you’d like to tidy, or if there are weeds or overgrown foliage in a public space, and we’ll help you sort it. And if there's another activity that you’re interested in, let us know by sending us an email.

Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme is available to resident groups in Middlesbrough for projects or activities which will benefit their community. If you're part of a local group, you can apply for a small grant which could be used to buy your own litter-picking equipment. Grants of up to £1,500 are available! You can find out more on the community grants page (under the Small Grants Fund section).

We’ll be posting regular reminders on our social media pages, so make sure you're following Middlesbrough Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Together, we can all help to #KeepBoroTidy!

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