Beachwatch 2013 Report
In over two decades 3,080 km of coastline have been cleaned by thousands of dedicated volunteers who provide vital information on the state of litter found at our beaches across the UK. The results from this year follow the worrying trend of last year - the number of litter items per kilometre has again risen, with over 2,300 litter items/km of beach surveyed across the whole of the UK.
By the end of 2015, the UK government is required to deliver measures on reducing marine litter as part of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is taking a pro-active approach and has set up a Marine Litter Action Network, which will be launched in June 2014. It brings together key decision makers from across the sectors: plastics, waste, fisheries, retail and NGOs, to look at proactive and workable shared solutions.
MCS would like to invite you to take part in this year’s beach clean and survey, taking place over 19th-22nd September. It would be great if you could make a note in your diary to volunteer or you could run an event of your own. Please go here for more details www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch and for a report of the 2013 results.
National Recognition for Rural Litter Heroes
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is welcoming nominations from individuals, groups, organisations or companies that have taken action against litter in the countryside.
Nominations for the ‘CPRE Award for a Beautiful and Litter-free Countryside’ are now open and will close on 4th April 2014. The winner(s) will be invited to receive their award, along with a prize of £500, from CPRE President Sir Andrew Motion in June.
Samantha Harding, CPRE ‘Stop the Drop’ Campaign Manager, says:
‘We would be knee deep in litter if it wasn’t for the dedication of England’s rural heroes, who get outside come rain or shine to clear our hedgerows, roads, waterways and communities of litter. CPRE’s award will recognise this fantastic effort and remind these people that they are wonderful and appreciated.’
People can be nominated for their role in all kinds of activities. Examples could include working with a local school to educate students about litter; motivating a staff group to get out into their local area; or working with friends and neighbours in the community to keep their local area litter-free. Any activities that result in a reduction of countryside litter will be considered positively.
Nick Pickles, last year’s winner said:
‘I would really encourage anyone thinking about going into this competition to go ahead. The whole process was clear and straightforward. Litter can last many hundreds of years, and is proving ever more destructive to an increasing number of species. The award really belongs to all who care about the devastating impact of litter everywhere. It is so encouraging that the award recognises this work.’
The entries for this award will be shortlisted by Samantha Harding, manager of CPRE’s anti-litter campaign ‘Stop the Drop’, and George Monck, Chief Executive of CleanupUK. CPRE and CleanupUK jointly run the national anti-litter website LitterAction – www.litteraction.org.uk
Nominations should be made by completing the following online form:
New app for reporting fly-tipping and serious litter problems
When you are out and about litter-picking, you may come across fly-tipping or graffiti or even large amounts of litter that you feel is too much for you to handle and it would be easier to report it to your local council.
A new app called Council-Connect covers all UK local authorities and has an easy to use, quick interface that does not require any typing. You can report potholes, fly-tipping, dog-fouling, graffiti and of course, persistent litter problems.
Simplicity and ease of use make this a great tool to have in your pocket at all times!
"If you drop litter you're an idiot"
Click through to read this article by Alex Proud in the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10637042/If-you-drop-litter-youre-an-idiot-and-must-be-punished.html
Helping Hand Company's Folding Litter-Picker
Our friends at the Helping Hand Company have now developed a folding litter-picker that you can keep in your pocket or your rucsac and fold together only when you need to use it. Does that sound like something that you have been wishing you had? If so, please contact Helping Hand at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.litterpickersdirect.com.
New Helping Hand Equipment Discounts
CIWM Awards - apply now !
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is delighted to announce that entries are open to community groups for two of the most prestigious awards in the resource and environmental sector.
The CIWM Environmental Excellence Awards 2013 on the 7th November celebrates professional development, achievement and performance in the field of waste and resource management, and this year will be hosted by Wildlife Television Presenter, Michaela Strachan. As a key part of this prestigious event the Kier Community Champion Award recognises the contribution of people or groups in encouraging public participation in managing resources, reducing or recycling waste or improving local environmental quality. They could be neighbourhood recycling champions, composting gurus, inspirational teachers, energetic members of public bodies, community group members or an employee encouraging recycling within your organisation.
The prestigious CIWM Clean Britain Awards 2014 is now in its 25th year and recognises excellence and best practice in street cleansing and local environmental quality. These awards highlight the importance of a clean and well maintained environment in promoting better quality of life in local communities. The Clean Britain Community Award is designed for those groups and organisations that are not local authorities however still have a positive effect on local environmental quality such as community groups and resident clean ups.
Take advantage of the prestige and recognition that winning could bring to you and your colleagues. Enter Now by contacting our CIWM Events team on 01604 620426 or email email@example.com
Entries for both awards close on the 6th September and are free to enter for community groups.
April 2013: Big Beach Clean-up : 22nd-28th April
In April this year, you can join the fight against marine litter by taking part in the Marine Conservation Society/M&S Big Beach Clean-up. Over 110 beaches across the UK are going to see volunteers coming together to do a beach clean and litter survey which will highlight the issues of beach litter around our coastlines.
Hosted by your local M&S store team, the beach clean and survey will last a couple of hours, leaving the rest of the day free for you to enjoy the beach. If you’d like to take part, all you need to do is find your nearest beach on the map and register!
What to bring:
- Suitable clothing
- Seashore Safari Guide made especially for the event!
Last year over 6,000 people volunteered and collected 3,200 bin bags full of litter! The bags weighed in at over 11.5 tonnes. This included 12,800 wrappers and 2,850 tin cans.
February 2013: BBC 1 documentary: Litter Wars
Featuring groups registered on LitterAction this documentary looks at groups making a difference to where they live.
From ex-convict Owen who has cleaned up his act and makes a living recycling the rubbish he picks up at festivals, to flame-haired Manuela who’s dedicated herself to keeping Andover’s streets clear of cigarette butts, Litter Wars follows several colourful vigilantes who’ve waged war on waste.
Church Stretton in Shropshire is extremely green and pleasant, and ex soldier and teacher John is determined to keep it that way. Picking up litter unpaid, John isn’t afraid to approach those who are careless with their castaways – once even attempting a citizen’s arrest.
“It’s just such a beautiful vista we feel ownership somehow, stupidly I know. But I think that’s what drives me to look at our town as something very special,” he explains.
Down in Liskeard Cornwall, warehouse owner Rik is dogged by dog mess. Prowling the streets looking for fresh deposits, Rik is determined to make the council sit up and take notice. He regularly records dog walkers and has mounts early morning video stakeouts in an effort to deter would-be foulers.
“The council has said that if I get evidence of people fouling and present it to the council they will prosecute,” Rik says hopefully.
In the bracing Yorkshire Dales, there’s something unpleasant in the air for couple Jill and Matthew. Disgusted by the amount of dog mess in the aptly named Shutt Lane, Jill has launched a vigorous campaign – led by the Cross Hills and Glusburn Dog Fouling Action Group – to prick the conscience of those who let their pets poo near the local primary school.
And proving where there’s muck there’s brass is self-styled 'can man' Adrian who has waged his own personal war on discarded drinks cans. Recognised by Leicester’s mayor for his services to the environment, to date Adrian has collected 50,000 drinks cans – and earned himself £250 supermarket vouchers in the process.
December 2012: Resources available
Clean up posters and much more available from the equipment page. There you will also find Helping Hand discount vouchers exlusive to LitterAction.org.uk.