Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter joined the children of Lenham Primary School on Friday on a litter pick.
It was held as events up and down the country begin for the Great British Spring Clean.
Mr Carter said: “All the children have been out and about in the playing fields Collection bags of litter and then they’re going out into the parish to do another shift and that’s absolutely brilliant.
“We need to encourage more people to do the same sort of thing and at this time of year, when nature is pretty raw, and after a fairly hard winter the county looks at its worse so let’s clean it up for spring and have pride on our county and do all we can to keep Kent clean.”
KCC staff were out at the weekend in Trosley, Lullingstone, Brock Hill and Shorne Wood county parks taking part in litter picks – of which there wre about 120 in the county.
KCC Community Wardens also supported numerous litter picks organised across the 12 districts.
Throughout March, a programme of works will also begin to clear vegetation, refresh white lines on the highway and clean road signs.
You can take part in events which are all listed on the Great British Spring Clean website.
Launching Keep Kent Clean, KCC Leader Paul Carter said: “We should all be proud of where we live and care about our communities. There’s just no excuse for chucking your rubbish on the ground.
“The cost to our district and borough authorities in Kent for picking up litter tossed onto our roadsides or in our town centres runs into millions of pounds a year – money that could be much better spent elsewhere.
“With the forthcoming Great British Spring Clean I’ll be making sure Kent County Council is doing its bit and would encourage anyone who is fed up with litter to get involved too.
“The Great British Spring Clean – and our own Keep Kent Clean campaign – is about everyone working together to clean up the litter that blights our landscape and communities.
“We’re delighted to be taking part and bringing people together to tackle an issue that many people care passionately about.”