Great British Spring Clean

21st Mar 2024

On Thursday 21st March, 60+ volunteers from a range of city businesses participated in a city centre clean-up, to support Keep Britain Tidy’s “Great British Spring Clean“.

Organised by CityCo and Manchester City Centre BID, in partnership with Manchester City Council, groups took to the streets around St Ann’s Square, Market Street, Exchange Square, Cross Street and Thomas Street – to litter-pick, remove stickers, and jet-wash away chewing gum stains with a new ‘zapping’ machine. Many bags of litter were collected.

The teams also planted a string of new hanging baskets to brighten-up Market Street, and replanted seating planters on Cross Street with sensory plants and pollinators.

Businesses taking part included Bruntwood, McDonalds, Natwest, Barclays, Manchester Arndale, Metro Bank and Selfridges.

David Allinson, Centre Director of Manchester Arndale, said: “The Arndale team works closely with CityCo and Manchester City Centre BID, and anything we can do to help improve the street environment and visitor experience, we support.”

Other activity included lending a hand with some gardening activities with the Sackville Gardens Meet the Friends Group, who volunteer to keep our city centre clean and green and helping to deliver the Council’s ‘Bin the Butt’ campaign on New Cathedral Street, to raise awareness of the impact of cigarette litter.

Councillor Lee-Ann Igbon, Executive Member for Vibrant Neighbourhoods, said: “It is wonderful to see so many people taking pride in their city, working together to make a real difference.  We all want to enjoy the benefits of living in a cleaner and greener city and what better way to get together as a community than to litter pick and take pride in our local environment.  A big thank you to everyone involved.”

Manchester City Centre BID runs an additional city centre cleaning service (on top of Council services) on behalf of businesses. This event was another team effort to help ‘Keep Manchester Tidy’.

Keep Britain Tidy aims to inspire people to eliminate litter now and for future generations. Back for its ninth year, the Great British Spring Clean is the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign and takes place from 15 – 31 March 2024. In 2023 volunteers pledged to pick more than 400,000 bags of litter.