What is the Big Spring Clean?
Now in its eleventh year, the Big Spring Clean - with your help - aims to make North Tyneside a cleaner and greener place to live.
Schools, community groups, residents and businesses are all urged to organise a clean-up event during the campaign, which runs from March 5 until May 25.
We will support your event by providing high visibility vests, bags and litter pickers, as well as helping with publicity and taking away any litter you collect.
Together we will tackle fly-tipping, littering, anti-social behaviour and home fire safety in four areas where some of these problems have been identified as issues. Residents in these locations will also be invited to get involved in a special litter pick event.
We will be operating high-profile patrols, particularly around hotspots such as schools, parks and shops. Those who are caught dropping litter will be issued with £50 on-the-spot-fines for littering.
For further information contact us:
Big Spring Clean
Telephone: 0345 2000 103
Or write to:
North Tyneside Council
Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate
For the fifth time, Operation Hotspot forms part of this year’s Big Spring Clean. It will tackle fly-tipping, littering, anti-social behaviour and home fire safety in areas where some of these problems have been identified as issues
Three areas of the borough will each receive a joint visit by the council, police and fire service for four days. They are; Wallsend Town Centre, Avon Avenue, in North Shields, and North Shields Town Centre.
Council wardens will perform high-visibility patrols with police officers, issuing £50 fixed penalties notices to anyone littering or allowing their dogs to foul. Our fly-tipping enforcement team will prosecute offenders as well as remove materials that are potential fire hazards. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be giving free home safety checks, which includes offering fire safety advice and fitting smoke alarms where appropriate.
Operation Hotspot visits were held in Wallsend Town Centre, Avon Avenue, North Shields and North Shields Town Centre.
Waldo the Wonderdog
Waldo the Wonderdog is the council’s environmental mascot.
Waldo visits schools to run assemblies and litter picks - he has visited over 15,000 children since joining the council.
Waldo visits a number of streets in the borough, encouraging residents to lend a hand and telling them why taking part in a clean up can help to foster a sense of community and pride in the area where you live.
Litter pickers, high visibility vests, and black bags will be provided at all clean-ups. We will also take away any litter that’s collected.