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More than 1,000 bags of rubbish collected by hundreds of volunteers across Walsall

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Volunteers taking part in a national litter-picking campaign have come together to collect more than 1,000 bags of rubbish in Walsall.

Litter Pickers in Walsall town centre

During the Great British Spring Clean campaign, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, 489 local volunteers joined forces to collect 1,240 bags of rubbish, leaving the borough cleaner and safer for everyone. 

In total, volunteers dedicated more than 760 hours across 24 public events and general litter picks between March 14 to 31 2024. 

Litter picking events took place across the borough at locations such as Spout Lane, Barr Beacon, Primely Park, Rough Wood and Bloxwich.  

Numerous partners got involved too, from businesses WHG, Kier and Watmos, to religious organisations like Aisha Mosque, five schools including King Charles school, Park Hall school, Castle school, St Giles school and Leamore school, as well as students from Walsall College. 


The final event of the campaign saw a huge difference made to Walsall town centre, with 62 bags of rubbish collected across the town and the canal thanks to 19 hardworking volunteers and the support of the Canal and Rivers Trust. 

“ We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended one of the events during the Great British Spring Clean or went out with their picker. You are all fantastic and we truly appreciate all of the work you do to help protect our environment.

I would encourage anyone who feels inspired by the result of these two weeks of action to get involved. Volunteer litter pickers find there are many benefits including making a difference to the borough, better mental and physical health and a greater sense of community. “

Liz Stuffins, Healthy Spaces and Environment Group Manager

Walsall volunteers’ valiant total of 1,251 bags of rubbish has been collated with efforts across the country, resulting in 425,626 bags collected nationally. 

Following the successful two weeks of action, Walsall Council is encouraging more residents to come forward and have an impact on their borough. The authority can provide hi-vis jackets, litter pickers, gloves and bags. 

Information on how to volunteer, groups to get involved with and how to request equipment can all be found at  


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