All Cleaned Up – #THEBigCleanUp

The council held its first week-long clean up event last week and 46 large sacks of litter were collected thanks to the efforts of local volunteers.

#THEBigCleanUp took place from 23 – 27 October and was supported by Keep Britain Tidy, Tower Hamlets Homes, Tower Hamlets Community Housing and the council’s waste contractor, Veolia.

Volunteers from the council and Ebrahim College took part in litter picking at sites across Tower Hamlets, from the area around Idea Store Whitechapel to Cotton Street, E14.

In addition, graffiti was cleaned from 70 square metres of local walls and volunteers scoured 18 streets in and around Brick Lane to remove bill stickers and flyers.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“Our first Big Clean Up was a big success. I particularly welcomed the tweets and emails we received from residents who expressed their support for the Clean Up and put forward suggestions of areas to be cleaned.

“We sent volunteers and contractors out to tackle some of these sites, and those we haven’t got to this time will be considered for the next Big Clean Up.”

Lead member for Strategic Development, Councillor Rachel Blake added:

“It has been a really positive week: lots of council staff, volunteers, officers and partners have come together to help clean our streets.

“We’re going to be running another Big Clean Up in December and we’ll be asking for local people to once again share their recommendations for areas of the borough which need a bit of extra attention. We’d also like to work with community groups and residents who want to come out and help us, so look out for information about how to get involved.”

#THEBigCleanUp has been part of the council’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, which aims to work with local people to improve the areas where they live.

Check out pictures from the week’s activities on our social media channels. We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @TowerHamletsNow.

Nominations for sites for the December clean up can be set 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 Wednesday 1st November 2017