Published: 08:20 AM, 22 September 2021
More than 100 volunteers worked together to clean up litter and fly-tip hotspots on the Isle of Dogs at the borough’s first Big Clean Up event of the year.
Tower Hamlets Council and Canary Wharf Group sent out 10 teams of volunteers, including local Police officers, to tackle grot hotspots on the Island that were suggested by residents.
The council relaunched the Big Clean Up in July, following a pause due to the Covid-19 crisis, and asked residents to name a local litter hotspot. Almost 160 residents responded, and these suggestions will be used for future clean ups.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“Like elsewhere in London, littering and fly-tipping is an issue here in Tower Hamlets and we spend more than £690,000 a year on clearing and getting rid of illegally dumped waste, which is money that could be spent on other services.
“We want to see a cleaner and greener borough and we are cracking down on fly-tippers and have increased on-the-spot fines to the maximum of £400 allowed under law.
“We also have dedicated street cleaning teams working seven days a week and work with the local community and our partners in our Big Clean Ups programme.”
Over 150 bags of general rubbish and fly-tip were collected on the day. Around 150 volunteers from Canary Wharf Group also worked to fix and clean up Mudchute Park and Farm.
A total of 11 Big Clean Up events have been organised since the campaign was launched back in 2017 collecting thousands of tonnes of litter from Tower Hamlet’s streets, parks and public spaces.
Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Planning and the Environment, said:
“The council is in the process of improving the waste service so we can provide a really good service that our residents deserve. Keeping our streets and parks clean and free of litter is an ongoing challenge, and it is a responsibility we all share. From residents to businesses, we can all do our bit to make Tower Hamlets a place we are proud of.
“We’re fortunate to have the support of partners like Canary Wharf Group to help meet that challenge and I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped us on the Isle of Dogs and hopefully we can see many partners and stakeholders come together through events like this.”
Shobi Khan, Canary Wharf Group Chief Executive Officer, said:
“I’m proud more than 250 Canary Wharf Group colleagues came out today to help clean up the Isle of Dogs, and assist on a variety of tasks at Mudchute Park and Farm.“Canary Wharf Group has an ongoing commitment to support our communities and improve our local environment, with a commitment to reduce waste and improve biodiversity.
“We are pleased we can link our community day to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Big Clean Up programme, and would like to thank the Council for all their support.
“A huge well done to everyone involved.”
The next Big Clean Up is taking place in Wapping on Sunday 26 September from 11am to 1pm. If you want to take part, meet at the green on Wapping Lane (next to the GP surgery).
You don’t have to wait for a Big Clean Up to take action in your community. The council’s free Love Your Neighbourhood app can be used to share information about repairs that are needed, to report fly-tipping and get abandoned vehicles cleared at the touch of a button.