Operation Street Clean began in 2014 with the aim of mobilising the Muslim community to give back to their local community in Smethwick, Birmingham. Run by the Abrahamic Foundation Community Outreach team.
Initially starting off with a few friends who purchased litter pickers and bin bags from a One Pound store and posting photos on Facebook, the idea quickly developed with a local councillor seeing it and getting them official council support and a small grant from Near Neighbours.
Every Sunday, 10.30-11.30am, volunteers gather and hit the streets to start cleaning! Litter is a big problem in the local area, with cans, left-over take-away boxes and food wrappings visible everywhere.
The volunteers are motivated to keep the local area tidy and foster a sense of a closely knit community. The initiative is now so popular with locals that it has become a family activity with snacks and stickers for children who participate. Volunteers have also helped from local Church and schools have also approached the Abrahamic Foundation for collaboration. About 100 people have volunteered with the scheme since it started and it is still running strong in 2018 every week.