OxClean Spring Clean 2021 is over.
Thanks to everyone who joined in the Big Saturday Clean-Up!
Spring Clean 2022 will be over two weekends –
18 – 20 and 25 – 27 March.
The OxClean Team very much hope that the past year will be a one-off in so many ways. We realised in the New Year that we were unlikely to be able to do our usual March Spring Clean due to Covid restrictions, so this was put on hold pending the easing of restrictions during the Spring.
Then on April 1st we discovered that our stock of litter pickers had ‘disappeared’ from the store where they overwinter. But this was no April Fool’s joke, and sadly they have not returned home. Having decided that we should go ahead with the delayed event as soon as possible due to the large amount of rubbish accumulating in public spaces, we set about publicising the theft and fundraising, and we were very fortunate to receive a gift of 200 litter pickers from Oxford Direct Services, plus some very generous public donations which meant we could replace much of our equipment.
So we were able go ahead with a Covid-compliant series of 3 Big Saturday Clean-ups in May and June, to coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy national event. Nearly 700 people in 80 groups went out braving the brambles and nettles that late Spring brings, and collected almost 1.5 tonnes of rubbish and recycling from all around the City. This is less than previously, but a great effort nonetheless.
Meanwhile, there is much to be done to protect our communities and environment from damage caused by discarded rubbish. If you wish to continue to collect litter in the neighbourhood where you go out to exercise, you might consider purchasing your own litter picker as sadly we can’t currently lend you equipment due to lockdown restrictions. You can contact us on email@example.com for more advice about what you need and areas that you might visit. But do stay safe when you are out, complying with current government guidance and avoiding risks on fast roads or flooded areas near rivers.