Tower Hamlets' Big Clean Up 3 hailed a success


London Islamic School at the Big Clean Up

Tower Hamlets’ third week-long clean has been hailed a success with increased numbers of partners, clean ups and amounts of litter collected by energised volunteers.

The Big Clean Up 3 (which took place between 5 and 9 March) built on the previous two Clean Up weeks with 50 large sacks of litter collected, a 30% increase from Big Clean Up 2, and partnerships with eight organisations who brought volunteers to show some love for their neighbourhood.

Nine areas received some extra love and attention from council staff and volunteers during the week, from Manilla St in E14 to Whitechapel High Street, Roman Road, and Mile End Park.

The Council organised the events for #TheBigCleanUp (providing equipment, collection of rubbish bags and promoting local events) and worked with volunteers and partners including: The GoodGym, The Canary Wharf Group, The Shipowners’ Club, The London Islamic School, Queen Mary University Students’ Union, The Aldgate Partnership, Tower Hamlets Homes and the council’s waste contractor, Veolia.

The Big Clean Up is part of the Council’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood campaign’, which aims to work with local people to improve the areas where they live.

Edward Field, Partnership Manager at GoodGym – whose Tower Hamlets branch helped kick the week off with 12 joggers and two other volunteers tackling rubbish on Whitechapel High Street on Monday night – said:

“Combining regular exercise with making a difference to the neighbourhood is central to how Good Gyms works, and being able to make such a visible difference to the streets of Tower Hamlets was a pleasure. Hopefully events like The Big Clean Up will persuade everyone to put a little extra effort into loving the neighbourhood”.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“I’m very pleased that the Big Clean Up events have taken place throughout the borough and forged new collaborations between organisations. Littering is committed by only a few but blights our entire community, so it is great to see the enthusiasm with which people come together to make a positive difference to Tower Hamlets.”

Lead member for Strategic Development, Councillor Rachel Blake added:



“It’s great to see volunteers and partners come together once again for the latest Big Clean Up.

 “The reception by local communities and participants has been incredibly positive – showing how the Council is working with local partners to keep our streets clean.”

Check out pictures from The Big Clean Up activities on our social media channels. We are on Facebook @Towerhamletscouncil and Twitter @TowerHamletsNow.

Nominations for sites for future Clean Up events can be sent to us on social media (#TheBigCleanUp and #loveyourneighbourhood) 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 Monday 12th March 2018