Litter pledge launch in Tameside

TAMESIDE residents are being urged to pick up a piece of litter every day to make a difference together in 2020.Tameside Council, which launched the borough-wide initiative in Hyde on Tuesday, January 14 with a simple pledge that everyone can commit to – as well as asking people not to drop litter in the first place.

The pledge stated: “I’m picking up one piece of litter every day! Please join me in this pledge. Let’s make a difference together in 2020.”

If everyone picked up just one piece of litter then it would make a huge difference to maintaining the borough and protecting the environment.

The scheme aims to develop community pride and involve the whole community in helping to keep Tameside tidy, clean and litter-free.

The pledge went live on Tuesday with everyone encouraged to get involved by taking a selfie of themselves holding up a copy of the pledge or of them picking up a piece of litter and posting it on social media with the hashtag #Tamesidelitterpledge.

A Facebook page called The Litter Community (TLC) Hyde has also been created at for people to post their pledge photos on.

It follows the launch of the Litter Hubs Network where residents or groups can book out free equipment, including high vis jackets, litter pickers, gloves and black bags, from community places to carry out clean-ups. Council officers then arrange for the rubbish to be disposed of appropriately.

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The campaign includes the message: “Let’s pick up the past – so we can protect the future.”

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “The majority of us don’t drop litter, but if everyone did a bit to pick it up then it would really help in keeping Tameside tidy and protecting the environment.

“Through working together we can make Tameside a better place for all.”

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