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Council takes action with green month takeover

A photo of children from Caldicotes school doing their bit to recycle

Middlesbrough Council is fighting litter and taking action to make the town cleaner and greener this month - and residents are encouraged to do their bit too. 

The council's ‘green takeover' month in April involves a series of Green Action Days in ten different wards across the town, with further events taking place in each of the remaining ten wards in autumn.

Residents of all ages are invited to attend the Green Action Day in their local area and can take part in a community litter pick, plant trees and speak to the council's Fly Tipping Squad and Neighbourhood Safety Wardens if they have any concerns about anti-social behaviour where they live.

Officers from the council's Environmental Services team will also be on hand to provide top tips on recycling and energy efficiency.

The council is also running a marketing campaign to explain what it is currently working on to make Middlesbrough a greener town both now, and for future generations.

The council's Green Action Plan - a set of promises by the council to tackle climate change - focuses on reducing litter, increasing recycling rates through education in schools, introducing bio diversity initiatives such as the Urban Meadow flowers and growing a fleet of electric vehicles.

The community action days build on the good work of already established community groups like Community Champions Middlesbrough, who regularly organise community litter picks and green events across the town.

The green month campaign ties in with Keep Britain Tidy's national campaign, ‘One Bag, Big Difference'. 

The charity is encouraging the British public to pick up just one bag of litter each, which together, would hugely reduce the plight of litter on the streets.

Cllr Barrie Cooper, Executive Member for Environment, Finance and Governance, said: "Our green month takeover is a great chance for Middlesbrough residents to come together with the council and local organisations to enhance that community spirit and work together to make Middlesbrough cleaner, greener and safer.

"As a council we're pushing forward our commitment to a greener Middlesbrough, and these community days of action will propel us towards our wider green goals."

Cllr Cooper added: "Please get involved in your local Green Action Day event and take pride in your local area. If you don't see an event in your area this spring, it will take place in autumn instead - so there's even more time to let us know you're taking part."

The events are supported by a whole host of partners who will be present at some of the action days, including; Thirteen Group, Middlesbrough Environment City, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Residents, businesses and schools can attend the Green Action Days by emailing cleanup@middlesbrough.gov.uk and litter picking equipment will be provided. Find out more information on the council's green month plus top tips to be greener on the green month page.

Upcoming Green Action Days:

Monday, April 4 - Longlands & Beechwood residents meet at 10am at Grove Hill Community Hub. This event is in partnership with Thirteen Group.

Thursday, April 7 - Park End and Beckfield residents meet at 10am Thetford Avenue / Sandwell Avenue junction.

Wednesday, April 13 - Trimdon residents meet at 10am at Trimdon Play Park.

Thursday, April 14 - Hemlington residents meet at 10am at Locality Hub at Viewley Shops (NHS building).

Tuesday, April 19 - Berwick Hills and Pallister residents meet at 10am at East Middlesbrough Events Centre. This event is in partnership with Thirteen Group.

Thursday, April 21 - Marton residents meet at 10am at Cheltenham Avenue Green.

Monday, April 25 - Newport residents meet at 10am at Essex Gardens, Essex Street.