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Bristol Rugby to take part in community clean up in support of Mandela Day

Bristol Rugby are set to mark Mandela Day on Tuesday by supporting Bristol City Council’s Clean Streets campaign.

The first team squad will pick up litter in Millennium Square between 3pm and 4pm as part of mayor Marvin Rees’ vision for the city.

Mandela Day, an annual event on 18 July, is a day to honour the former South African president and his values, through volunteering and community service.

Back rower Nick Fenton-Wells, who is leading the initiative at Bristol Rugby, said: “As a squad, we want to give something back to the city and Mandela Day is the perfect opportunity to do that.

“Helping to make Bristol’s streets cleaner – and giving a small amount of our time to our community – will benefit everybody who lives and works here."

Nick Fenton-Wells

“Bristol is a fantastic city to be a part of and it’s important we are positive ambassadors for the region. Helping to make Bristol’s streets cleaner – and giving a small amount of our time to our community – will benefit everybody who lives and works here.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Our Clean Streets campaign is all about getting people to think twice about dropping litter and we’re asking people to take collective responsibility for keeping Bristol tidy.

“It’s really encouraging to see the Bristol Rugby team getting involved and leading by example, especially during our year as a European City of Sport. This is a very positive way to mark Mandela Day, which is highlighting how we can all take small steps to improve our environment.”

Bristol Waste Company, the city’s local recycling, waste collection and street cleansing company, employs over 500 people who make 17 million household collections, operate 180 vehicles and collect 140,000 tonnes of waste and recycling every year.

To keep Bristol tidy they clean 800 miles of streets and footpaths, and deal with 180,000 ad hoc job requests and service queries annually. The company collects 3,700 tonnes of litter from Bristol’s streets each year – that’s equivalent to over 290 double decker buses.

Read more about the Clean Streets campaign by clicking here.

Come and meet Bristol Rugby’s players in Millennium Square on Tuesday, July 18th between 3-4pm.