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Sunday 29 November

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Litter Picking Facts

  • Fact 1 - A Keep Britain Tidy study revealed that 25% of smokers do not think discarding a cigarette butt is littering. 226 million cigarette butts are discarded in England every year.
  • Fact 2 - 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on UK streets every day [source: Symphony Environmental].
  • Fact 3 - Here is a general guide to how long litter can last: Two Weeks: Apple Cores 1 Month: Paper towels, paper bags, newspapers and tissues Six Weeks: Cereal boxes, Banana Skins 2-3 Months: Waxed milk and fruit juice cartons, biodegradable plastic bags 6 Months: Cotton Clothing, Paperback books 1 Year: Light woollen clothing 2 Years: Orange peel, plywood, cigarette ends 5 Years: Heavy woollen clothing 10-20 Years: Light weight plastic bags 30-40 Years: Nylon items, Disposable nappies 50 Years: Tin cans, car tyres, leather, trainers, foam coffee cups 75-80 Years: Crisp packets made of metallised plastic film 100 Years: A six pack plastic ring holder 200 Years: Aluminium drinks cans 500 Years: Plastic bottles 1-2 million years: Glass jars and bottles
  • Fact 4 - Keep Britain Tidy has run the Local Environment Quality survey for the past 13 years. Of the 7,200 sites surveyed in England: 83% had smokers’ materials, 69% had confectionary packaging, 54% had soft drink tins and bottles, 24% had fast food items, 21% had snack packaging, 20% had discarded bottles of alcohol and 8% had broken glass.
  • Fact 5 - Funding for cleaning rural roads and roads other than major highways was cut by £74m between 2010 and 2014. “If someone drops a bottle on a street in a city, someone is paid to pick it up. The chances of a bottle in a hedgerow being collected is almost zero”, says CPRE’s Samantha Harding.
  • Fact 6 - The RSPCA receives 7,000 calls a year about litter-related incidents, from badger cubs with plastic can holders embedded in their necks to hedgehogs with their heads wedged in empty tins. Litter can also attract animals to the roadside where they are in greater danger.
  • Fact 7 - According to the Marine Conservation Society, each year around 1,963 pieces of litter are collected per kilometre by their litter pickers along the UK coastline. It is estimated that by 2050, the weight of plastic in the oceans will be greater than the weight of fish, according to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum.
  • Fact 8 - 60,000 people in England are believed to volunteer to clear up litter.

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