During the current restrictions and many more of us taking the opportunity to get outdoors, it became apparent that there was a lot of litter around, spoiling the scenery but most importantly, harming our wildlife, animals and sea life! So, this weekend we encouraged our employees to take a bin bag and picker/glove and pick up some litter on their daily walks.
Did you know any of the following litter facts?
- Cleaning up litter from the streets of Britain costs taxpayers around £500 million. That does not include the amount it costs to clean up parks and other public spaces.
- Almost 48% of people admit to dropping litter.
- The amount of litter dropped each year in the UK has increased by a massive 500% since the 1960s.
- 7 out of every 10 items of discarded litter is food packaging or wrappers.
- Around 122 tons of cigarette butts and cigarette-related litter is dropped every day across the UK.
- 1.3m pieces of rubbish are dropped on UK roads every weekend. 1/3 of motorists admit to littering while they are driving.
- The rat population has increased to 60 million due to the increasing amounts of litter.
Shocking isn’t it…?
Well done and Thank You to everyone who took part!
A comment from one of our litter pickers:
“In my experience, the amount of plastic I found was sad… a lot of it on the river banks making its way to the ocean ☹. I found it a really rewarding experience – I might not have collected bags and bags, but felt a great sense of achievement knowing I have done something to help, not only the animals but help make the walk a lot more natural and organic, without the flickers of wrappers and plastic! I will most definitely be talking a bag with me when going on a walk in the future!”
Katie Howell, Communications
We hope this post has inspired you to think more about the environment any maybe to take a bin bag with you on your next walk and pick up some litter. Remember to be careful and check out the health and safety precautions online prior to starting!