STAFF at the Worcester headquarters of cleaning products firm Spontex took part in a clean-up around Warndon Villages as part of World Cleanup Day – and in the space of just a few hours, litter pickers collected more than 30 bags of rubbish, weighing almost 60kgs.

The cleaning tools company has had its UK HQ in Berkeley Business Park in Warndon for more than 20 years.

World Cleanup Day is a global movement that is now present in 180 countries and that united over 21 million people worldwide in 2019 and 11 million in 2020 even with the restrictions a lot of countries experienced.

Clean-up events are organised every year to pick up litter from beaches, rivers, forests and streets. The movement was born in 2008 in Estonia where 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country in just five hours.

The civic movement spread very rapidly around the globe and lots of people were inspired to join it with the same ambitious ‘one country, one-day’ formula.

The event is led by The Skill Mill in the UK and has taken place every year since 2018.

More than 20,000 volunteers took part in 2019, and the numbers have quadrupled this year with 80,000 volunteers coming together.

Spontex donated 3,000 pairs of their Everyday Protect household gloves to help their volunteers who were out and about doing their bit.