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Litter heroes

The Great British Spring Clean event will take place between 22 March and 23 April 2019. With the aim of inspiring 500,000 people to join forces, in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government, to collect and safely dispose of single-use plastic from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

See the Great British Spring Clean on the Keep Britain Tidy website to find out more.

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 people drop around 2.25 million pieces of litter on the streets of the UK every day, meaning authorities collect 30 million tonnes of rubbish from England’s streets each year? During 2018, we collected over 226 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.

Community litter pick information

Read the guidelines for community litter picks (PDF: 45 Kb / 2 pages) to ensure your group or school has a successful and safe litter pick.

Report a litter hot spot

Report fly-posting online if you find posters pasted on buildings or poles.

Report fly-tipping online if you find a large amount, more than a bin bag full of waste, of dumped waste.

Report a street cleaning problem online if you find a litter hot spot, you can also use this form to report a full or damaged litter bin.

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