Residents of Mansfield are being encouraged to join in community efforts to make the district even cleaner and greener during June.
Mansfield District Council's third annual Tidy Together campaign will run for three weeks - one week longer than in previous years - from Monday 1 June until Monday 21 June.
The scheme, which is taking place in support of Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean, is part of the council's commitment to build community pride and help make Mansfield district cleaner and greener and a place where people are proud to live and work.
Friends groups will be among those picking up litter in the council's parks, nature reserves and open spaces. The council's Town Centre team will be deep cleaning, painting bollards and carrying out general maintenance in the town centre.
A limited amount of equipment, including litter pickers and bags, are available for any groups or individuals who want to hold their own litter picking event, in line with COVID-19 guidelines. To borrow equipment and arrange for the collection of bagged rubbish, call 01623 463463.
The council will collect unwanted bulky items for free during the campaign, saving residents up to £21.50 per collection. There will also be discounted collections of white goods and electrical items for just £5 per item instead of the usual £17. A limited number of slots are available for residents to book on a first-come first served basis when phone lines open on Monday 24 May. Slots must be booked by calling 01623 463463.
A maximum of three bulky items or two electrical items will be collected per household. Size limits apply and no hazardous waste such as paint, rubble, tyres, asbestos or gas bottles can be collected.
Cllr Andy Burgin, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Leisure, said: "We have relied on and appreciated our private gardens and public open spaces more than ever during the past year. Join us in helping to give them the love they deserve. Not only will it improve our local environment and make us proud of where we live, but being outdoors and volunteering are both good for your health and wellbeing.
"We hope this scheme will improve the look of the district and help to tackle persistent and costly issues such as litter and fly-tipping.
"Rather than using a potentially unlicensed scrap collector to get rid of your old mattress or sofa, Tidy Together will enable people to dispose of waste responsibly and with the peace of mind that it won't end up being illegally dumped."
Residents are also being encouraged to "upcycle" as part of Tidy Together by selling or donating furniture that is in good condition to charity. The British Heart Foundation and The Furniture Project are among those that offer free collections. Visit the British Heart Foundation's website (opens in new window) and The Furniture Project's website (opens in new window) to find out more.
People buying new electrical goods are being asked to consider using a take back scheme where their old appliance is collected as the new one is delivered. To find out more, visit our Tidy Together webpage.
In support of Cleaner Greener Mansfield, the council is also launching its Bee Kind project in June to make the district a haven for bees. There will be competitions, video demonstrations and activities to try at home. Parts of the district will be allowed to re-wild to create green corridors for wildlife. Find out how you can get involved on our Bee Kind webpage.