OVER 17 tonnes of waste was cleaned up from parks, green spaces and streets in Barnsley during the Great British Spring Clean last month.

Volunteers, neighbourhoods team, council staff and residents teamed up to clean up the borough during the initiative with over 480 bags of litter collected by those taking part in litter picks across the area.

And over the course of the neighbourhoods team’s action, 17.2 tonnes of rubbish was collected as part of litter picks and removing fly-tipping.

Anna Hartley, Executive Director for Public Health and Communities, said: “I’d like to personally thank the fantastic volunteers, residents and our neighbourhoods team who all took part in the Great British Spring Clean and collected over 18 tonnes of litter during the initiative.

“We have a staggering number of volunteers who assist us not only for the Great British Spring Clean but throughout the year and it never ceases to amaze me how many people give up their time to help across the borough.

“It’s an amazing effort from everyone involved and it’s great to see the initiative being successful in making Barnsley cleaner and greener for us all.”

Residents can sign up to be a litter picker and volunteer on our website.