This is how you can help your community by picking up litter

This is how you can help your community by picking up litter
At last year's Great British Spring Clean, around 370,000 people collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish (Photo: Shutterstock)

Up to half a million people will be taking action to tidy up our streets and parks as part of The Great British Spring Clean between 22 March and 23 April 2019.

The event, run by Keep Britain Tidy, will bring together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep.

(Graphic: Mark Hall)
(Graphic: Mark Hall)

Last year around 370,000 people collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish. The top three types of litter reported in 2018 were soft drink cans, bottles and cartons (77 per cent), alcohol cans, wine bottles and spirit bottles (61 per cent), and fast food waste (54 per cent).

Encouraging 500,000 people to help

“The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference,” said Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton.

“Regardless of politics, everyone can agree that tackling the litter pollution that despoils our country is something we should all support and it is fantastic to have the support of local MPs to help us reach our target of getting 500,000 people out, taking action to clean up every corner of the country.”

People taking part in last year’s Great British Spring Clean said it helped them feel more part of their community and more aware of the impact litter has on the environment.