Moss Side residents meet up for spring clean holding bags and litter pickers

Residents join together to clean up streets of Moss Side for nation-wide tidying scheme

  • The Great British Moss Side Spring Clean saw residents tidying up the streets of Manchester
  • As part of an nation-wide scheme to clean up fly-tipping
  • MSV hosted the event in Moss Side

Moss Side residents gathered in Manchester to clean up the streets for ‘The Great British Moss Side Spring Clean‘ on Wednesday (25 March).

Mosscare St Vincents (MSV) hosted the event which brought together community volunteers, tenants, and neighbourhood teams to help to tackle the problem.

During the event, they removed around 35-40 bags of litter and filled two large skips. Specifically targeting areas where fly-tipping was a concern.

Men loading large items onto a van.
Residents removing large fly-tipped items. Image: MSV

MSV pledged to “make the alleyways and pathways safe and pleasant for kids and elderly in Moss Side”.

Raf El-Bouaeshi and Oliver Hunt, MSV Neighbourhood Officers, led the campaign as part of the Keep Britain Tidy 2023 Big Bag Challenge which takes place all over the UK.

This is the eighth year that Keep Britain Tidy has run the event. It’s the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign. This is just one of many events taking place across the UK to remove litter and fly tipping.

Woman with bag and litter picker on street picking up rubbish.
Residents lending a hand picking up rubbish. Image: MSV

Litter in Greater Manchester

Litter and fly-tipping has become a huge problem in Greater Manchester. In the last three years, there have been 93,629 fly-tipping incidents. Reports show that the council have spent around £4 million a year to remove litter and fly-tipped waste from public spaces. 

Chart showing the amount of litter by ward in Manchester since 2022
Data from Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Greater Manchester contributed heavily to the total 128,426 incidents recorded across the North West in 2021 and 2022 which shows why projects like the spring clean are important and community projects like this help to tackle the problem.

MSV is always looking for new members to participate including tenants and community members. For more details on how to join, contact [email protected].