Tons of rubbish has been removed from Oldham's streets as the borough got behind Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean campaign.
In the space of just two weeks, residents, councillors, voluntary groups and organisations have been hard at work giving up their own time to make the town look cleaner and greener.
Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Since the pandemic started one of the things that has really made me proud is how residents have come together and are prepared give up their own time.
“They’ve done it once again by getting behind the Great British Spring Clean – showing real pride in the neighbourhoods and areas where they live.
“Our Street cleaners do a great job cleaning up the borough but any help they receive from the public is appreciated.”
Volunteers cleaning up Tandle Hill
Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, added: “Making sure our streets are clean is a priority for Oldham Council so it’s been really encouraging to see so many people out and about doing their bit and picking up litter – you have made a huge difference.
“We know lots of our residents already carry out clean ups on a regular basis, but this extra effort sends out a clear message that Oldhamers don’t want to see litter and waste left in the areas where they live
“Let’s keep this momentum up and if we all work together then we can make sure our streets, parks, countryside and open spaces are cleaner.”
School pupils also got involved
The council's district teams also loan out equipment to the community to carry out their own litter picks.
To book a time to pick up equipment, email Environmental.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authority can also remove bagged litter after an organised group litter pick but say as much notice as possible is needed - and dates, times and locations are needed in advance.