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Clean for The Queen is a campaign launched by Country
Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to clear up Britain in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.
It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to
clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on March
4–6. Adrian Evans, who has been appointed as Campaign Director, ran The Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012. With the full backing of Keep Britain Tidy,
the campaign already has the support of well-known national organisations with a
total membership in excess of 1.5 million, as well as individual ambassadors.
Now it’s up to all of us.
Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: “Her Majesty The
Queen is an inspiration to all of us. Her 90th birthday is a unique opportunity
for people to come together in celebration of Her Majesty’s long service and
dedication to this country.
“Everyone has a responsibility to keep their community
tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to protect our wildlife
and improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. I hope it will help
lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”
How much litter is
About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets
of the UK every day. Thirty million tons of rubbish are collected from England’s
streets each year. That’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over.
The Highways Agency clears about 180,000 sacks of litter
from motorways and A roads alone. There could be 46,000 pieces of plastic floating
in every square mile of the ocean. About 80% of that comes from the land.
Plastic takes at least 450 years to break down in seawater.
In 2013/14, local authorities dealt with 852,000 fly-tipping
incidents in England and Wales. These cost roughly £45 million to clear up. The
RSPCA receives 7,000 calls a year about animals injured by litter.
In 2013, 8.3 billion single-use plastic bags were handed
out in the UK. The amount of litter on UK beaches has almost doubled over the
past 15 years.
An RSPB study found that 95% of fulmars washed up dead on
the North Sea coast had ingested plastic
How long does it take to
bag up to one month
peel up to two years
skin up to two years
bag up to 10–20 years
butts up to 12 years
bottle up to 450 years
bottles and chewing gum are not biodegradable
How much is it costing?
• It costs taxpayers almost £1 billion every year to
clean up litter from our streets
• The cost of cleaning up chewing gum from a town centre
is up to £60,000
• Fly-tipping costs Network Rail more than £2.3 million
• Clearing litter costs Dartmoor National Park £20,000 a
• According to a 2014 Keep Britain Tidy report, if we
recycled 50% of items littered in England, it would have an economic value of
at least £14.8 million
To take part in Clean for The Queen, please register here, where you’ll find advice and tips about how to join a group or to simply
do your bit.
If every adult picked up just one piece of litter and put
it in a bin, that would be more than 50 million pieces of rubbish disposed of.
Imagine if everyone picked up at least one piece of litter every day for the
next nine months. We can do it. We can all Clean for The Queen.
Keep Britain Tidy is a registered Charity No. 1071737. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 3496361. Registered office at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.
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