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Big Ashfield Spring Clean launch

Success for the BIG Ashfield Spring Clean

The BIG Ashfield Spring Clean took place in February and saw over 249 additional tonnes of household waste collected across the District.

The third BIG Ashfield Spring Clean allowed all residents the opportunity to dispose of their excess waste through kerb side collections and free bulky waste collections.

Starting in Kirkby on 10th February, the campaigned rolled out across the District over three weeks. Residents were invited to leave extra bagged waste with their bin collections and could book a free bulky waste collection where we’d collect up to three items.

Cllr David Martin, Cabinet Member for Streets, Parks & Town Centres said “Residents really embraced this year’s BIG Ashfield Spring Clean. Over 249 tonnes of kerb side waste was collected and 9561 bulky waste items were collected from 4376 households across the District.
“This was the third BIG Ashfield Spring Clean we’ve delivered. We are committed to making Ashfield a clean place to live, visit and work and these figures show what an impact the BIG Spring Clean has on keeping the District clean.”

The most popular bulky waste item was mattresses with 886 being collected, closely followed by 762 settees. The most unusual item was an empty coffin collected from one resident’s garden!

The Spring Clean was completed just before lockdown restrictions started. Throughout lockdown Ashfield District Council were the only council in the County to continue a full waste collection service. With many people taking the opportunity to have a clear during lockdown, in May we ran the Bag It! campaign. Residents could leave an extra bag of household waste with their bin collection, resulting in an additional 388 tonnes of waste being collected over the two weeks.

July then saw the start of the Skip into Summer campaign. Over 80 ‘flying skips’ travelled across the District over five consecutive Saturdays colleting general and garden waste and household objects. Over 154 tonnes of waste was collected as part of the campaign.

Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “We have collected over 790 tonnes of additional waste, all free of charge from residents this year. These campaigns have a significant impact on the District and on resident’s lives. We want to instil a sense of pride in our communities and ensuring they are clean plays a huge part of this.
“As well as collecting extra waste, we work with community groups and residents on litter picks, and our Community Safety Teams engage with local communities and issue fixed penalty notices to those caught littering and dog fowling. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all residents that got involved with the BIG Spring Clean, Bag it! and Skip into Summer campaigns this year.”

The BIG Ashfield Spring Clean will return in February 2021.