The Big Clean Up was hailed a success

Staff and councillors joined forces with residents last week to hit the streets of Tower Hamlets for the council’s second week-long Big Clean Up event. The combined effort saw some 38 sacks of litter collected, with 23 wall tiles also cleared of graffiti and fly posting.

The Big Clean Up is a key part of the council’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, which aims to work with local people to improve the areas where they live by making the borough cleaner and greener.

The council is committed to listening to what residents want and their contribution in the organisation of last week’s events. Members of the public were asked to nominate roads and open spaces where they felt that a dedicated clean up could have a positive impact.

Council staff organised the events and coordinated the deployment of staff, councillors, residents and corporate volunteers – all the necessary equipment was provided with the assistance of Tower Hamlets waste contractor Veolia.

The Big Clean Up was supported by our partner agencies L&Q, Swan Housing Group and Tower Hamlets Homes who all carried out their own clean up events in support of the campaign. Sites across Tower Hamlets were covered, from fly post removal in Brick Lane to litter picking in Mile End Gardens and the cleaning of an alleyway in Whitechapel.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“I’m very pleased that these Big Clean Up events have been taking place across the borough. Littering is a blight to our community, so it is fantastic to see everyone coming together to make a difference. I hope these events will inspire our residents to have a positive impact on their communities.”

Lead member for Strategic Development, Councillor Rachel Blake added:

“It has been really positive to see enthusiastic council staff, volunteers, officers and partners out on the streets for our latest Big Clean Up.

“We are running another week-long event in March to coincide with the national Keep Britain Tidy activity. We will be on the lookout for local heroes who want to get involved in our clean ups or highlight the work they do in their communities to keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy.”

Nominations for sites for the March clean up can be sent to us on social media or by emailing If any of the proposals are for private roads the council will contact the owners to arrange access, using its statutory powers if they are required.

Posted on Tuesday 2nd January 2018