Love Hull Hate Litter is calling on the public to take pride in their city and not drop litter.
Last month alone 90 tonnes of litter was collected from across the city, and from the period running from July 2015 to June 2016, 3361 tonnes of litter was collected with 2792 requests for street cleaning.
Businesses across the city centre have pledged their support towards tackling the wide-spread issue of litter across the city in a concerted effort to get the city clean for before, during and after Hull’s year as the City of Culture 2017.
On Tuesday 16 August a number of local businesses including The Deep, Burstalls Solicitors and Thearne’s Pet Stores will be taking part in a voluntary litter pick in the city centre to get the city looking its best ahead of 2017.
Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for environmental services, said: “We are very proud of Hull, and with 2017 just around the corner, stopping people from spoiling the city’s landscape it is a key priority for the council.
“Littering is as unacceptable as fly tipping, and we know that residents and visitors alike are keen to see a clean and tidy city, however this is an element of individual and collective responsibility when it comes to littering.
“At time when councils have less and less money, individuals and businesses could at least bin their waste responsibly so the money that is there can be used on better things than cleaning up after litter bugs.”
The city centre bins are emptied throughout the day, seven days a week and the arterial road bins are emptied daily.
Phil Batty, director of marketing, communities and legacy at Hull 2017, said:
“As the city prepares for its year in the spotlight it is great to see communities and businesses coming together and taking pride in the place we call home.
“We are looking to bring 1 million extra visitors to Hull in 2017, and it is critical we keep the city free of litter to help build on the City’s reputation as a world-class visitor destination.
“By pulling together, respecting fellow citizens and all playing our part; we can help to keep Hull tidy, but a cultural change is needed to make this happen.”