Thérèse has helped launch this year's Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from March 22nd to April 23rd, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.
The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.
Thérése said: "As an Environment Minister, I'm absolutely committed to supporting this important initiative. We need to be united in making sure this becomes a habit that everyone gets into on a regular basis, of not allowing litter to be left. I hope local people will get involved by taking part and organising events."
Thérése added: "Through our Waste Strategy we are committed to ensuring producers and manufacturers helping towards better recycling, and one of the key aims of a future Deposit Return Scheme is to reducing littering."
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.
"Regardless of politics, everyone can agree that tackling the litter pollution that despoils our country is something we should all support and it is fantastic to have the support of Thérèse to help us reach our target of getting 500,000 people out, taking action to clean up every corner of the country."
To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean or to register an event visit www.keepbritaintidy.org
Yesterday the Prime Minister and NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens launched a long-term plan for the NHS, which includes the biggest cash boost to the health service in its history.
Therese said: "I particularly welcome the focus on supporting our ageing population and increasing independence, which is something Suffolk GPs and health professionals have raised with me in the past. Importantly, mental health provision will also be boosted by an additional £2.3bn a year."
"This additional money has given the health service the certainty it needs to deliver its 10-year long-term plan meaning they can get on and recruit more doctors and nurses - ensuring the NHS is there for you and your family in the future as it has been in the past."
As part of the Government's #25YearEnvironmentPlan, Therese's department has today launched a new Resources & Waste Strategy which will ensure businesses & manufacturers pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste – up from just 10% now. For more information see here.
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