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Our history

Our aims and our reach are much wider than when we started. We've been busy since 1954 and we're always looking to the future.

The 50s

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The very beginning

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes pass a resolution to “Keep Britain Tidy”. And the rest, as they say, is history…

The 60s

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We register as a charity

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Introducing Tidyman

Our Tidyman starts appearing on bins and packaging across the country.

The 70s

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Influencing behaviour change

Our national campaigns, featuring the celebs of the day, are everywhere. We start to have a huge impact on people’s attitudes and behaviours when it comes to litter and littering.

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The Dangerous Litter Act

The Dangerous Litter Act increases maximum littering fines from £10 to £100.

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Clean for the Queen

For the first time we Clean for The Queen, marking Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee. Photograph above: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at the event.

The 80s

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Waste Watch charity launches

The charity Waste Watch launches, encouraging us all to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. Years later the two charities merge, giving us today’s Keep Britain Tidy.

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Blue Flag Award

We launch the Blue Flag Award across England celebrating the best beaches. With 12 beaches awarded in the first year, flags now proudly fly over 68 English beaches.

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National Spring Clean Day

Two million people (and a few Wombles) take part in our National Spring Clean Day.

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People and places

People and Places launches. It’s now our Keep Britain Tidy Network of local authorities and land managers.

The 90s

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The Environmental Protection Act

The Environmental Protection Act defines acceptable standards of street cleanliness for the first time.

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Tidy Britain

It's Tidy Britain Year.

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People and places awards

The first year of our People and Places Awards. And we still celebrate the very best people, partnerships, organisations and places each year at our Network Awards.

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Seaside Awards

We launch the Seaside Award, complementing the Blue Flag Awards to celebrate England’s best beaches.

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We launch Eco-Schools in England. Now running across 67 countries, more than 1,000 English schools proudly fly the internationally-recognised Green Flag Award.

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Green Flag Award

Celebrating the country’s very best green spaces, the Green Flag Award launches in England. With awards given to seven parks in the first year, flags now proudly fly over 1,797 UK parks and the scheme is expanding internationally. Keep Britain Tidy won the contract to deliver the Green Flag Award in 2009.

The 00s

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Dirty pig

Our hard-hitting, sometimes controversial campaigns continue. Posters like ‘dirty pig’ show how unacceptable littering is.

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Waste reduction programme

Campaigning by Waste Watch results in a government-backed waste reduction programme.

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Helping people take care of the environment on their doorstep, RiverCare launches.

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Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Acts

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Acts introduce fixed penalty notices for littering.

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The Big Tidy Up

The Big Tidy Up launches. For ten years, this volunteer army make a huge difference and are now celebrated as our #LitterHeroes.

The 10s

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The dog poo fairy

We all learn ‘there’s no such thing as the dog poo fairy'.

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BeachCare launches in 2010 to help people protect the environment on their doorstep.

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WatersideCare launches in 2011 to help people protect their environment.

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Today's Keep Britain Tidy

Charities Waste Watch and Keep Britain Tidy merge into today’s Keep Britain Tidy.

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2012 Olympics

As the Olympic torch is run around the country, people show the world they love where they live, cleaning the route ahead of the torch.

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LoveMyBeach launches in 2013 for people to celebrate the North West's beaches and help to protect them.

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We're watching you

Our innovation team reminds thoughtless dog owners that ‘We’re Watching You’ with glow-in-the-dark eyes, reducing dog fouling by up to 90%.

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Wombling free

Our childhood heroes, the Wombles, join forces with us again.

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Clean for the Queen

We Clean for the Queen again, this time to celebrate her 90th birthday.

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Government Litter Stategy

The Government launches the first litter strategy with special praise for our Eco-Schools programme.

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Keep Britain Tidy rebrand

With our rebrand, Tidyman is back at the charity’s core - and logo - although, obviously, he never left our hearts.


Record number take part in #GBSpringClean

Over 374,000 people took part in cleaning up the country for the Great British Spring Clean 2018, with 13,500 events held across the country.


Great British Spring Clean 2019 breaks records!

Over 560,000 volunteer #LitterHeroes took part in this year's Great British Spring Clean - making it the country's biggest ever mass-action environmental campaign.

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