The Great British Spring Clean event will take place between 3 March 2017 and 5 March 2017.
The low down on litter
Everyone has a responsibility to keep their local community tidy and this campaign provides a fantastic opportunity to improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. By working together we hoped it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier area.
Did you know that around 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day and that 30 million tonnes of rubbish is collected from England’s streets each year. During 2015 we collected over 158 tonnes of litter from across Eden.
It takes up to a month for a paper bag to breakdown, orange peel and banana skins up to two years, plastic bags 10-20 years, cigarette ends up to 12 years and plastic bottles up to an astonishing 450 years! Glass bottles and chewing gum are not biodegradable and will never breakdown.
It costs UK taxpayers almost £1 billion every year to clean up litter from our streets and the cost of cleaning up chewing gum in a town centre can be as much as £60,000.