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Pre-Easter blitz on the city's streets

Lincoln BIG teamed-up with a major retailer – underlining its promise to ensure the city is as clean and welcoming as possible for shoppers and visitors.

Staff from Wilko in City Square and Lincoln BIG focused on cleaning-up the city’s streets during Join The Great Spring Clean 2019, a Keep Britain Tidy Initiative.

Wilko Team Leader Wayne Nettleton and his colleagues equipped themselves with litter pickers and set to work with Lincoln BIG street warden Danny Mason, to smarten the street scene ahead of the Easter break.

“The British Spring Clean 2019 was underway and Wilko in Lincoln was keen to be part of it (as part of a national effort).  We are proud of our city and we wanted to do our bit to keep it looking good,” said Wayne.

The Lincoln Wilko team and one of the Lincoln BIG Warden, were among 500,000 volunteers countrywide, who decided to take part in the campaign.

Action comes just weeks after Lincoln BIG – which organises crowd pulling events in the city – launched a Gumbuster onto the City’s Streets, with the support of  Lincolnshire Co-op, the City of Lincoln Council, the Lindum Group and Optima Graphic Design Consultants.

The machine (which has been named Chewy Chew) highlights the Business Improvement Group’s commitment to making the city cleaner and more welcoming by steam-cleaning the pavements of discarded chewing gum, which is spoiling the streets.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus said:

“We are determined to make a visible difference to the streets of Lincoln, as the city grows in prominence as a growing shopping and tourist destination.

“The chewing gum removal machine has already generated lots of excitement and we have boosted its launch with the issue of special chewing gum disposal papers to retailers, pubs and restaurants to give out.

“These quirky papers, which are emblazoned with the message “No Chewy on My Shoey,” are now being used by chewing gum fans.

“We are delighted to have been working with Wilko and we congratulate their staff for taking time out to help Lincoln BIG make Lincoln more attractive and welcoming.”

The City of Lincoln Council has also praised the investment in the chewing gum removal machine and its associated chewing gum disposal papers.

This year Keep Britain Tidy urged businesses to help improve the environment on their doorsteps.

Its 2019 campaign aims to inspire around half-a-million people to join forces – in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the Government – to collect and safely dispose of single-use plastic from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.


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