Press release

Keep Britain Tidy backs the Big Co-op Clean

Allison Ogden-Newton, CEO of Keep Britain Tidy

The UK’s leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, has backed this year’s Big Co-op Clean.

The Big Co-op Clean is the campaign theme of Co-operatives Fortnight, which runs from 18 June to 2 July. It will see co-operatives and community enterprises right across the UK coming together and organising clean-ups in their local areas. Now in its second year, the Big Co-op Clean is an opportunity for co-ops to make a difference in their local area, while involving staff, members and customers.

Allison Ogden-Newton, the CEO of Keep Britain Tidy said: “It’s great to see the co-operative movement organising the fantastic Big Co-op Clean again in 2016.

“Up and down the country people will be cleaning up local parks, river banks and streets. Keep Britain Tidy fully supports this campaign and will encourage local communities everywhere to get involved.”

In 2015 over 100 organisations took part in Co-operatives Fortnight, involving thousands of people and cleaning up everything from beaches and parks, to high streets and buildings.

Co-ops are being encouraged to begin planning their Big Co-op Clean events, so that they can get as many people involved as possible.

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “The Big Co-op Clean is a way for to show the power of co-operation. It’s fun, makes a difference, and above all shows that the more people there are, the bigger a change we can make.”

Resources for organising a Big Co-op Clean are available on the Co-operatives Fortnight website - including a Big Co-op Clean toolkit which sets out the process of organising and running an event.