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DSC Social Change Awards celebrate the passionate individuals and organisations committed to making a positive impact in society.
You don't have to be a charity to apply. Whether you're applying as an individual, an informal group, a company, a public body or a charity; If you are passionate about social change then there is a category for you.
The event will take place on 3rd December 2015 in London (venue to be confirmed).
Winners of Social Change Awards 2014
An exclusive, fun and informal event with inspiring speakers, celebrating great stories from entrants.
Inspiring excellence in resource management
Are you part of Clean Britain?
Clean Britain supports and recognises the work of community groups and local authority street scene teams in keeping our public places and spaces clean and safe, for everyone to enjoy. By joining up to the scheme community groups and volunteers can receive a variety of benefits including a monthly Clean Britain newsletter packed full of street scene news and case studies, Clean Britain toolkits and entry to the Streetscene 2015 exhibition. The Clean Britain Community Awards provide a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work community groups and volunteers are doing in their area and this year in addition to the National Community Award there are now monthly Community Awards which feature kit prizes. More information and details on how to sign up for the scheme can be found at www.cleanbritainawards.co.uk or you can call Kent Love on 01604 823338.
MCS Beach Clean Results 2014
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has launched the results of its Great British Beach Clean, which took place from 19th – 22nd September 2014. A record number of more than 5,300 volunteers took part, across more than 300 events nationally. You can download the report from the MCS website here: www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch. If you would like a copy of the associated press release, please contact Laura Foster, Pollution Programme Manager, on email@example.com.
In 2013, recorded beach litter levels across the UK reached their highest point for 20 years. Sadly, this worrying trend has continued in 2014. Across the UK, more than 2,457 pieces of litter were recorded for every kilometre cleaned, representing an increase of 6% on 2013. Overall, despite existing measures aimed at reducing beach litter, the 2014 results represent an increase of 135% since MCS began conducting Beachwatch surveys in 1994.
MCS would like invite you to take part in this year’s beach clean and survey, taking place from 19th - 22nd September. Details of participating beaches are still being finalised, but MCS would be grateful if you would be good enough to make a note in your diary at this stage.
A Clean Sweep – Rethinking the Way We Tackle Litter
A new report from Bristol-based research company Eunomia has just been published. A Clean Sweep looks at creative ways to prevent littering in the first place and, as such, is a welcome and refreshing addition to the litter debate.
Please have a look at Eunomia’s report here http://www.eunomia.co.uk/reports-tools/a-clean-sweep/
Action against sky lanterns
Our friends at Zilch, the national network of individuals in the UK working to eliminate littering, have drawn our attention to the following :
NFU has rejuvenated its effort to get sky lanterns banned by encouraging those of us who care about the damage they do to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
As you'll know, this, together with the other form of aerial litter - the balloon release - are things we are passionate about seeing being consigned to history.
To make your voice heard go to their letter writing campaign page and send a message to as many of the relevant individuals and/or organisations as you can. Zilch also suggests using the WriteToThem website will make that easier.
You might also like to add your name as a signatory to Zilch’s forthcoming letter to George Eustice MP on Chinese Lanterns, a letter that points out the inadequate nature to the Trading Standard that was introduced and will be the spring-board for further actions and publicity.
Communities urged to roll up their sleeves and get behind a nationwide spring clean in order to spruce up our favourite public places.
Communities across the country were today (31 January 2015) urged to roll up their sleeves and get behind a nationwide spring clean in order to spruce up our favourite public places.
Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins has announced a ‘community clear up day’ which will take place on Saturday 21 March 2015 – the first day of spring. The minister is calling on people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and lend a hand to tidy up in time for summer. He is joined in this call to action by Environment Minister Dan Rogerson who has given his support to this event. Efforts will focus on city centres, high streets, villages and parks – anywhere that could turn from eyesore to asset.
They were both appearing at a Select Committee hearing this week where MPs have been given evidence of how people across the country are fed up with the way litter blights their communities.
The latest figures suggest councils in England spend more than £800 million every year on street cleansing. Ministers believe that communities want to take pride in their local area and public spaces. They are encouraging people to make this a fun activity bringing groups together with a common interest as well as freeing up millions of pounds that can be spent on other vital public services.
The Department for Communities and Local Government will provide a toolkit of posters and leaflets (http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/clearupday) that can be tailored for each community and in the coming weeks it will also bring together great examples of what has already been done to tackle litter louts in local areas.
Mr Hopkins said:
This is a call to arms for communities great and small to help us end this litter scourge by taking greater pride in our neighbourhoods. It is time to roll up our sleeves and bring the broom back out of the cupboard because by looking after our local areas we can help make them better places to work and live.
I also urge the manufacturers of items commonly associated with littering – such as soft drinks, chewing gum, crisps, confectionary and fast food – to join us in this day and contribute to the clear up of our streets and public places. A number of them have made supportive statements to the Committee inquiry so I trust many will get involved.
Environment Minister Dan Rogerson added:
Litter has a huge impact on the quality of our streets and public spaces and we all have a responsibility to keep our communities tidy. Government is introducing a charge on plastic bags and supporting initiatives such as the National Litter Prevention Commitment to encourage businesses to reduce litter through improved product design and labelling for consumers.
While we have made great progress in recent years, we still need to get to a place where everyone takes responsibility for their own actions and their own rubbish – initiatives such as this help us achieve that by bringing individuals and communities together to take pride in their areas.
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Phil Barton said:
Litter blights communities up and down the country and the government’s lead with this clean-up initiative is very welcome. We all have a role to play in keep the places where we live, work and play clean and tidy and a national clean-up is a great way to encourage more people to take some responsibility and pride for their environment.
Kenny Logan, campaign chairman at The Clean Up Britain campaign, welcomed the announcement and said:
Although litter is a very big problem for the UK, there are also thousands of ‘clean up groups’ across the country who we are sure will actively embrace the day and get heavily involved on March 21. This will be a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, everywhere, to clean up their communities, and show how much pride they have in where they live themselves and, more generally, in Britain’s beautiful landscape.