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Clearing Litter

Litter affects our environments and communities in many different ways. 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day, costing taxpayers nearly £1 billion every year to clean up.

Our watercourses, beaches and everything living in them, are affected by litter. Not only is the litter unsightly, it can cause a real hazard to wildlife. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 80% of litter which ends up in our watercourses and in our seas was originally dropped on land.

We can all do our bit in the fight to eliminate litter - our RiverCare and BeachCare groups work tirelessly clearing litter from our waterways and beaches. Over the last 12 months, our volunteers collected more than 20,000kg of litter. They have also carried out surveys to track the types of litter collected, to help us understand the source of the litter items and inform local campaigns to combat this.

To find out more about litter and to order litter campaign materials, please take a look at the Keep Britain Tidy website