Fifth Big Clean Up week in Tower Hamlets set to take place


Tower Hamlets Council is running its fifth borough-wide Big Clean Up week, as part of its ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, from 2 to 8 October.

As with previous Big Clean Ups, the week sees a range of locations (from estates to large streets, parks to waterways) tackled in collaboration with many partner organisations, council staff and community volunteers.

Aimed at encouraging civic pride and empowering residents and organisations to improve where they live, #TheBigCleanUp and Love Your Neighbourhood campaign, has grown during the past 12 months through the dedication of people determined to show their area a little extra TLC.

This Big Clean Up week is the first time that events have been held during the weekend, and therefore offers greater chance for eager volunteers to do their bit.

A full list of locations is available online and is being publicised through social media. Organisations taking part so far include The Canary Wharf Group, The London Legacy Development Corporation, The Canal & River Trust, Tower Hamlet Homes, The GoodGym, Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park as well as primary schools, local youth and residents groups.

In 2016, the council collected 7,000 tonnes of litter and debris from the streets, and the Big Clean Up raises awareness and encourages everyone in the community to play their part in keeping the borough clean and green.

The fifth Big Clean Up coincides with the end of Tower Hamlets’ consultation with residents and businesses on the future of waste management and recycling services. This consultation also looks at ways in which the borough can be turned into a cleaner, greener area.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

 “It is great to see such positive community involvement in the Big Clean Up taking place once again. These weeks are positive steps that make sure our borough looks its best and they provide an outlet for the sense of civic pride shown by so many who have a great sense of pride in Tower Hamlets.”

 “While most people respect out streets, sadly there are a few whose actions quickly become a blight upon the neighbourhood. It is great to see, therefore, that there are many people whose behaviour is a positive example to others.”

Cllr David Edgar, Cabinet Member for Environment, added:

“We are committed to keeping our streets clean and free of litter through constant street cleaning work, and by looking for new ways in which to manage waste, improve recycling levels and crack down on fly-tipping.

“Big Clean Up events encourage everyone to play a small part in making a big difference. This means that, together, such small steps can make a massive difference and we look forward to welcoming people.”

How to get involved:

If you’re keen to get involved, exercise your civic pride and show some love to your neighbourhood by keeping it clean, then take a look at our list of events for the week and let us know which one you would like to attend.

You can do this either by emailing or tweet @TowerHamletsNow using the hashtag #TheBigCleanUp

 Equally, you can use Facebook ( or simply turn up on the day.

Posted on Monday 1st October 2018