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Great British Spring Clean

GBSC 2021

What is the Great British Spring Clean?

The Great British Spring Clean is the nations biggest mass participation environmental campaign.

The campaign by Keep BritainTidy encourages the public to make a real difference in their communities by either hosting or participating in a litter pick.

The Great British Spring Clean will take place from 28 May to 13 June 2021.

Why participate in the Great British Spring Clean?

There are lots of reasons why it’s important to get involved. More than 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day, with litter blighting our streets, parks and beaches and costing us nearly £1 billion a year to clear up – yet it’s entirely preventable. 

Litter can also harm wildlife. The RSPCA received 7,400 calls to report incidents of animals injured by litter in 2018 in England and Wales. Around 80% of the plastic in our oceans comes from litter dropped inland – you can be part of the solution and help ensure the plastic doesn’t reach the sea! 

Taking part in the Great British September Clean is also good for your own well-being and connecting with others in your community. In 2019, 83% of the campaign's #LitterHeroes surveyed said they felt more pride in their local area after taking part and 84% said they would encourage other people that they know or meet not to drop litter. 

How do I participate or host a litter pick?

Dover District Council is supporting the campaign by making litter picking equipment available and arranging for waste collected on litter picks to be collected.  

To organise a litter pick and to review all the current safety advice please visit CommunityCleanUps

Where can I litter pick?

You can conduct a litter pick on publicly owned open spaces. However, further information can be found by visiting CommunityCleanUps

Litter Pick Poster

Under 18's Photo Competition - Pride In Our District

Young people were invited to take part in a council-run photography competition as part of the Great British Spring Clean. They were asked to take a photo of something or somewhere in the district that made them feel proud of where they live.  

There was a total of 73 entries from young photographers aged between 5 and 17 years with popular subjects chosen including the beach, the cliffs and the local parks.

Three winners were extended to five winners as the standard of images were so high. The winning entries are:

Winner – awarded £50 love to shop voucher - Daniel (Age 12) ‘Whinless Downs, Dover Castle and Port’


2nd place – awarded £20 love to shop voucher - Paul (Age 12) ‘Kearsney Abbey river and bridge’









3rd place - awarded £20 love to shop voucher - Destiny (Age 16) ‘Shakespeare Beach’ 


Bonus runner up – awarded £10 love to shop voucher each - Maddison (Age 11) ‘Dover Castle’ 


Bonus runner up – awarded £10 love to shop voucher each - Liam (Age 17 ) ‘Tractor in field’


Our sincere thanks to everyone that took the time to enter their wonderful photographs that really showcased the best of the Dover district.


Litter and Fly Tipping

If litter and fly tipping is an issue in your area, we would encourage you to report this to us. We can arrange for the area to be cleansed by our street cleansing team in publicly maintained areas and arrange for our Environmental Enforcement Officers to conduct patrols to help tackle the issues experienced

  • To report litter in your area please visit Dogfouling
  • To report fly tipping please visit FlyTipping

Want to do more by becoming a Community Caretaker?

A Community Caretaker is a volunteer who gives up their spare time to help the community. 

Community Caretakers can help with anything which helps the local community, including: 

  • litter picking 
  • painting 
  • planting 
  • sweeping 
  • repairs 
  • clearing snow 

Community Caretakers have access to community stores. A community store is a local unit holding tools, materials, equipment and protective clothing. 

For further information on the Community Caretakers Scheme please visit Community-Caretakers


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