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Tidy up before torch arrives
IT WILL be an historic occasion, and ahead of the Olympic torch coming through Basingstoke, Keep Britain Tidy is urging people to get involved in tidying up the community.
The charity is calling on everyone to get “swept up” in the Olympics fever by making sure footpaths, parks and playing fields are litter-free when the torch passes through the town on Wednesday, July 11.
The plea is part of the national summer clean-up, Show the World, which aims to highlight the importance of keeping the country litter-free at a time when billions of people around the world will be tuning in to watch the Olympic Games.
The flame arrived in England on May 19 and is being carried by 8,000 torchbearers through villages, towns and cities across the UK before arriving at its final destination at London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday 27 July.
Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Each year, it costs council taxpayers £885million to keep our streets clean.
“If everyone properly disposed of their rubbish instead of tossing it in the gutter, this money could be spent on improving education and healthcare.
“Whether you can spare 10 minutes or an hour, every piece of litter you pick up will help us to show the world we care about the communities we live in.”
Residents who want to get involved can do solo clean-ups or get friends, family and their community involved.
To register and order a Big Tidy Up kit, complete with tabards, refuse sacks and limited-edition Show the World wristbands, please visit www.lovewhereyoulive.org/showtheworld. Orders take approximately seven days to be processed.