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Children support Clean Streets Campaign

Local ‘superhero’ school children have been encouraging people in Bristol to stop dropping litter and help clean up their neighbourhood.

As part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets campaign, which was launched in November 2016, schools from across the city were invited to create a two minute video to inspire people to keep Bristol clean and not drop litter.

The winning school was West Town Lane Academy, whose film features some superheroes educating a pupil caught dropping litter on the school grounds.

Jade Chandler, teacher at West Town Lane and Eco-Schools coordinator, said: "The children were so excited and proud to become part of the Eco Committee at West Town Lane Academy. The opportunity to create a Litter Superhero's film encouraged them all to become passionate about their role as an Eco Warrior. They all worked so hard to create the film, some acting, others behind the scenes controlling the drone and filming the action. We are very proud of the children and hope that the film will encourage others to look after our world.”

All participating schools were given planned Literacy lessons about writing film scripts, to help them prepare their film, and an assembly created by Sustainable Learning focused on litter.

The film will now be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square until the middle of February, and the school will receive a free video workshop from Troy TV.

To watch the film visit https://youtu.be/1UBj0NKzRyw

This year Bristol Waste Company will once again be supporting groups to take part in the Great Bristol Spring Clean; part of a national weekend of litter picks organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

With so many groups wanting to take part last year, they have this year extended the event locally to cover the whole week, from Friday 2nd March – Sunday 11th March.

Events like this are a great way to get involved in helping to make your community a cleaner, greener and more welcoming place.

Schools, community groups and other organisations will all be doing their bit to make their part of the city cleaner and tidier.

People are being asked to spend just an hour or two picking up litter, which can then be left in a designated place for Bristol Waste to collect it.

Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, said: “The Great Bristol Spring Clean and the Autumn Litter Blitz were so successful last year I am delighted to see Bristol Waste are continuing with this Clean Streets initiative.

“The Spring Clean is a fantastic chance to get involved with your community, and help tackle the issues of littering and dirty streets across the city.

“We all want Bristol to be a place we can be proud of, and by coming together to spend just a few hours tidying up your communities, we can make our city a more pleasant place for both residents and visitors.”

If you are interested in organising a litter pick or joining a local group, you can contact Bristol Waste by calling 0117 304 9022, by emailing hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk

A toolkit with practical advice about how to get involved with the Clean Streets Superheroes campaign visit www.bristol.gov.uk/superheroes and find out how you can help keep Bristol clean.