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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