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Britain’s biggest litter pick a huge success

A quarter of a million litter-pick heroes took to the streets, parks and beaches over the weekend of the 4-6 March, for the biggest anti-litter campaign the UK has ever seen.

The occasion was Her Majesty’s 90th birthday and the result was a massive 300,000 bags of rubbish, containing enough litter to stretch from Land’s End to John O’Groats!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who got stuck in.

Our inspirational volunteers have reported back to us that they picked up everything from a pair of Where’s Wally? underpants to a lone shoe!

The litter army, made up of volunteers aged from 18 months to 80, picked up an amazing 1,200 tonnes of litter, transforming places across the country and helping people to love where they live.

Community volunteers organised over 5,000 events, stretching from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland to Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

More than 400 local authorities helped out by supplying equipment to volunteers and collecting enough bags to fill over 30,000 wheelie bins!

Trafford Council pledged its support as part of their ‘Let’s Tidy Trafford Together’ initiative, supplying themed rubbish bags and litter-picking equipment and inspiring the whole community to clean-up. Over in Yorkshire, Doncaster Council held more than 40 events across the weekend.

We heard from thousands of you, including front-line litter fighters Oxclean, who organised an astonishing 81 litter-picking teams over the weekend.

Businesses that backed Clean for The Queen included Karcher and Helping Hand who helped tackle the public-nominated grotspots. In Tooting, a car park that had been blighted by fly-tipping and litter (pictured below) was cleaned up and transformed into an outdoor living room, complete with comfy chairs and tables.

Costa also joined in and staff from more than 1,200 stores across the country were out doing their bit. McDonald’s organised 40 litter-picking events involving 80 stores nationwide.

The charities that worked shoulder to shoulder with the campaign are too many to mention but we would like to give a special shout out to the Women’s Institute whose members turned out in their droves, including Worlingworth WI in Suffolk. The group hit the streets to give the area a spruce-up, and even cleaned the village’s street signs.

We would like to thank those who sent in their photos, videos and stories, which were a real boost to the campaign. Supporter Jiminy Pickers sent us this brilliant video of him litter-picking on sand dunes near his home, with his GoPro attached to his litter-picker!

Also Entrust Education, based in Staffordshire, who shared their video of their litter-pick on Twitter. A very speedy litter-pick indeed!

Many of you have asked us when you can do this again, so we are delighted to announce that we will be doing another national campaign next March – more details coming soon.

Thank you to everyone who shared their photos and stories of their events via social media. We have put together a gallery of photographs on our Facebook page, take a look to see if you can spot yourself or someone you know. And please remember to like and share!

Once again, thank you for your amazing support during this campaign, and your continued support of Keep Britain Tidy.

We couldn’t do what we do without you.

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Collection of rubbish after your event

The weekend is fast approaching and we are all getting ready to Clean for The Queen!

Once your clean up event is over, and you have collected your bags and bags of rubbish, you’ll need to dispose of it. Many councils will offer to collect your bags, some will let you dispose of it at their Household Waste Disposal Centres.

However, its best to contact your local authority for advice on how to dispose of the recycling and litter you collect. You can find contacts for your local council waste team on their website.

Remember to try and divide the litter that you find into separate bags for general waste and recyclable materials, if you can.

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Gold award for litter pickers!

Two students from Truro College, Cornwall are helping to keep their local village, Charlestown litter free.  

Imogen and Morwenna decided to litter pick on a weekly basis as part of their Gold Duke Of Edinburgh award as they felt that their village was being let down by the amount of litter around it.

Morwenna said, “It’s really great to see the support we’ve been getting while litter picking and we’ve enjoyed noticing the differences in Charlestown’s appearance.”

Imogen was keen to show her pride in Charlestown “I’m really proud of my village but feel that it would be even nicer for the locals and tourists if there wasn’t so much litter everywhere. We’ve found some really interesting things so far and we’ve only been doing it for a month, such as lots of empty champagne bottles in the hedges!”

Their efforts will not be in vain as the whole village rally to support them as part of the Cornwall Council Clean Cornwall Week and Clean for The Queen on Saturday 5 March.  

Ann Burnett, the event organiser said, “We want our village to look clean and welcoming for locals and visitors in time for Easter. This year particularly we expect to have more visitors coming to see the historic harbour and where Poldark was filmed.  Local people in Charlestown are very proud of their village and want it to look its best.”

Litter pickers and rubbish bags are on order and the whole village has been invited to join in and help make Charlestown spic and span on 5 March.

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Litter hero – Jonathon Rainey

Dumbarton litter hero, Jonathon Rainey has been volunteering to pick litter in local Overtoun Estate Woods since 2014.

Jonathon is 21-years-old, has High-Functioning Autism, and is an Environmental Science student at The Open University. In addition to his busy academic schedule, Jonathon has been volunteering to pick up litter in Overtoun Estate Woods since mid-August 2014, the Gruggies Burn beside East End Park and the beach beside Levengrove Park in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire since late-October 2014.

Despite what sometimes seems like a never-ending battle against litter, especially along the beach, Jonathon continues to put his efforts into cleaning up his local area and restoring it to its former glory.

Jonathon photographs the results of his picks and uploads photos to social media. This has gained Jonathon a good deal of local media attention, being featured in the comments section of the ‘Lennox Herald’ and ‘Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter’ numerous times. A Facebook page called ‘Project Schone Schie’ has also been showing Jonathon’s story.

Jonathon will be doing his own litter picks on the weekend for the Clean for the Queen event. To follow Jonathon’s progress, check out his Twitter profile and hashtags:

#CleanUpOvertounWoods

 #CleanUpLevengrovePark

#Litterati

#CleanUpYourArea

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Over 70 MPs attend parliamentary launch of Clean for The Queen

Over 70 MPs attend parliamentary launch of Clean for The Queen

More than 70 MPs, including Government Ministers and the Mayor of London,  attended the parliamentary launch of the Clean for The Queen campaign in the Jubilee Room at the Houses of Parliament.

They entered into the spirit of the campaign and donned purple campaign t-shirts and wielded litter pickers for a photocall to publicise the campaign and to lead the call for community groups, schools and businesses to help tidy up their local area in their constituencies ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday.

More than one million people are expected to join the UK’s largest litter pick over the Clean for The Queen Weekend over 4, 5 and 6 March.

The Prime Minister is backing the campaign. David Cameron said: “I am delighted that West Oxfordshire is joining the UK’s biggest anti-litter campaign ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday. 

“It really is a special event and provides great momentum for communities to gather together and do our bit to clean up – and get our country looking fit for a Queen!”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson,  is donating 100 clean-up kits containing litter pickers, gloves and rubbish bags for the  special clean-up weekend.  Boris Johnson, said: “ I want to encourage everyone to get together like-minded neighbours and friends to litter pick, plant, paint and tidy and really brighten local spaces. This year we have the extra incentive of making our city as beautiful as possible in honour of The Queen.”

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One man & his dog 7000 mile litter-picking adventure

Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda will be setting off on an epic litter picking journey this month, walking the coast of Britain and litter-picking along the way!

The adventure will start on 1 February, with Wayne and Northern Inuit dog Koda leaving Knott-end-on-Sea, Lancashire.

The journey is planned to take around a year to complete, with Wayne taking a full rucksack of supplies, and camping along the way.

Wayne, 44, from Lowergate, Clitheroe, is planning on not only litterpicking as he goes, but also holding litter picking events at beaches, villages and in towns and cities.

The first litter picking clean-up will take place at 10.30am on 1 February, to celebrate the start of the mammoth walk. Wayne is asking for people to join him on the first three miles of his trek, along the sea front at Knott end. All litter collected is going to be recorded, so Wayne will know how many items have been picked up during the year.

Wayne said, “I have always been concerned about Britain’s litter issue, and whilst training for my walk, I noticed quite a lot of litter, especially in beautiful places, so I started to pick the litter up.

“I thought it would really frustrate me if I were to come across a lot of litter on my walk, so I came up with the idea of litter picking along the way.

“I’m using this personal adventure to do my part in cleaning up the country and promoting Keep Britain Tidy with the hope of empowering others not to drop litter and to add litter picking in their daily routine and lead by example.

“Hopefully along the way I can encourage people to take part in litter picks and make a difference. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for some time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

Wayne, along with his sidekick Koda, is fulfilling a lifelong ambition by walking around the Britain coast, has been inspired not only by Keep Britain Tidy and the Clean for The Queen campaign, but walking in memory of his late father, John, who passed away in 2012. Wayne and his dad did many long distance walks together, and had started to walk sections of the British coast a couple of years before John died.

Wayne’s family and friends will be supporting him along the way, whilst Wayne is also raising money for the mental health charity Mind and the Northern Inuit Dog Rescue Society.

And what is Wayne going to miss the most whilst away? “I’m going to miss my family and friends, my bed, a Sunday roast and BBC Radio 6!”