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What can you do to help keep Britain litter free?

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As the weather starts to get nicer, it’s important to remember that we all have a responsibility to keep Britain clean and tidy.

Litter is not only unsightly, but it can also be dangerous for wildlife and harmful to the environment. And litter costs the government a lot of money too, which could be better spent elsewhere.

In this blog post, we will discuss some ways that you can help keep Britain tidy and litter free. Let’s work together to keep our country beautiful!

Ideas for How You Can Help Keep Britain Litter Free

It’s all very well knowing that it’s important that we all do our bit to help keep Britain litter free, but what can you do to help? Here are some ideas…

Don’t litter yourself

The most important way you can help keep Britain litter free is by not littering yourself.

Always dispose of your rubbish properly, no matter what. Whether you’re at home, at work, or out and about, make sure to put your rubbish in the bin.

If there isn’t a bin nearby, take your rubbish home with you or put it in a bin when you can.

It’s also important that you always dispose of your waste responsibly, even at home.

Litter picking

picking up litter London
Another way to help keep Britain litter free is by picking litter up when you see it. Fast food packaging and discarded food, chewing gum, plastic bottles, alcoholic drinks bottles, plastic bags and cigarette butts – helping to pick up litter like this can only improve our environment.

If everyone takes a few minutes out of their day for litter picking, we can make a difference. Even just picking litter up when you’re out and about and popping it in a bin will help.

You can also encourage others to do the same, and you can even take part in litter picks in your local area to keep streets clean. Or organise your own litter pick to clean up as much litter as possible in public space within your local communities. You’ll need some basic litter picking equipment such as protective gloves and litter bags – a litter picker can be useful but isn’t necessary.

Encourage others not to litter

A further way to help keep Britain clean is to actively encourage people to reduce littering.

You can do this by talking to people who you see drop litter, and asking them to pick up their rubbish. They may or may not comply but at least they won’t be littering mindlessly and might think twice about dropping litter the next time.

Even if you’re not comfortable approaching strangers who drop their rubbish, you can still encourage friends and family not to litter.

Support the Clean up Britain campaign

The main objective of the Clean up Britain campaign is to find sustainable and effective solutions to Britain’s epidemic of litter and fly-tipping.

It’s estimated that there are over half a million volunteers who pick up litter in the UK every year. These litter pickers spend countless hours cleaning up other people’s mess, and as a result, our streets and parks are a lot cleaner than they would be otherwise.

However, this is only a short-term solution to the problem of litter. Unless we address the root causes of littering, the litter will just keep coming back.

That’s why the Clean up Britain campaign is focused on prevention rather than clean-up.

They want to change people’s attitudes towards littering, and they’re working with businesses, schools, and local councils to do just that.

The Clean up Britain campaign is about more than just cleaning up the trash on the streets by litter picking. It’s also about trying to force the government to address the numerous and deep systemic failures in both central government and local government.

The campaign was started in response to the growing amounts of litter, fly-tipping, and graffiti in towns and cities across the country. But it quickly became clear that simply picking up the trash was not enough.

The root of the problem lies in a lack of funding for local councils, who are struggling to keep up with mounting rubbish levels.

In addition, there are widespread deficiencies in the way that government agencies collect and dispose of waste.

As a result, the Clean up Britain campaign is calling on the government to make a fundamental change in the way it deals with waste. Only by addressing these systemic issues will Britain be able to achieve its goal of becoming a cleaner and more litter free country.

So far, they’ve made great progress, but there’s still more work to be done. While changing the behaviour of the 20 million people in Britain who litter is the only long term solution, they need as much support as possible to make this happen.

Ways to support the Clean up Britain campaign

  • Make a donation as without funding they can’t continue this important work
  • Join their Supporter Group where they’ll keep you updated about what they’re working on and how you can help
  • Let them know about litter issues and hotspots in your area
  • Follow them on Twitter and YouTube where they regularly post news and views
  • Download the Littergram litter-reporting app for free on their website
  • Send them videos and photos of littered areas and overflowing bins
  • Refer your local Council to them for advice
  • Arrange for them to speak to your local media to provide quotes, interviews, insight and analysis

Let’s all work together to keep Britain and the great outdoors litter free. By following these simple tips, we can make a big difference. Thank you for doing your part!