Over 70 people took part in the Mansbridge Clean Sweep on Saturday 4th March as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s national initiative, the Big Spring Clean. Radian residents were joined in the community litter pick by the Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, Caroline Nokes MP and Councillor Bob Painton as well as a team of pupils and staff from Cantell School, led by Head Harry Kutty.
Approximately 40 bags of rubbish were collected from across the area and a number of fly tipping items were removed from the local allotment in a bid to spruce up the area.
As the sun shone, spirits and energy levels remained high with music entertainment provided by SoCo Music Project, as well as free bacon or egg rolls handed out courtesy of the Round About Café and Tesco in Eastleigh.
The events of the day included a prize treasure trail which kept children, teenagers and adults alike entertained. Displays were set up to raise awareness about litter and recycling, including a display of models created by local residents to show the impact that litter and fly tipping can have on wildlife and the environment.
One lucky model maker received a £20 Love2shop voucher following a prize draw. Four litter pick participants were also awarded with Round About Café vouchers.
Barbara Cooke, Community Development Officer at Radian said: “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of the event and would like to say a big thank you to all those who attended. It was amazing to see our local residents and volunteers from a range of organisations come out in support of the Great British Spring Clean and help make Mansbridge sparkle!
“The day was packed with activities and there was a real community feel, with children and adults of all ages getting involved. Not only has the day been a great excuse to clean up our local area but it has also given us a chance to raise awareness about rubbish disposal and recycling – something we’ve been working on with residents in the Mansbridge area in view of the high costs involved to Radian and its residents. Local residents are very proud of their area and want to keep it looking good.
“We’d like to extend our thanks to the Sheriff of Southampton, Caroline Nokes MP and Councillor Painton who all got stuck in to the day and really kept spirits high!”
Southampton City Council kindly donated tabards and litter pickers, as well as a display board and leaflets to encourage more recycling. The council’s current Recycling Rewards Scheme, Bin it to Win It, offers residents the chance to win one of 28 prizes awarded every month; putting the correct rubbish in a recycling bin may result in residents winning a reward worth at least £30.
Southampton City Council stated that in Hampshire during 2016, of the 80169.72 tonnes of waste collected; only 11165.92 tonnes was recycled. Radian is working to promote better waste disposal management and recycling across the region.
MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes got involved in activities and enjoyed meeting the volunteers and local residents. Ms. Nokes said: “It was great to head down to the Round About Café in Mansbridge and be part of the Great British Spring Clean.
“The day was brimming with community spirit and it was lovely to see everyone working together to clean up their local area. I had a great time chatting to everyone, rolling up my sleeves and helping out where I could.”