Where does litter come from?
Any rubbish (such as sweet wrappers, receipts or drink bottles) that are not put into a bin and are dropped on the floor is litter. Most litter in Britain is dropped from cars. Fast food packaging is also a big problem as it is dropped from cars after they have eaten their lunch or tea. Litter dropped on roads can be washed into rivers and then out to sea!
What can we do to help?
Here in Blackburn with Darwen, we want to live in a tidy and clean town.
Here are our top tips for reducing litter:
- Always take your rubbish home
If you’re out on a walk, always take your rubbish home with you if there isn’t a bin around.
- Reduce your packaging
If you’re out on a picnic, try and use the least amount of packaging.
- Bring sandwiches in reusable containers, rather than clingfilm.
- Use a refillable bottle and avoid products in plastic
- Do you want to help tackle the litter problem?
Did you know you can join over 1700 volunteers and sign up to become a Keep It Tidy Volunteer.
You have to be over 16 to apply, so let who’s looking after you at home know about the scheme and sign up to go litter picking with your family.
This way if you see a discarded crisp packet, can, bottle or any litter when out and about, you can pick it up (with your litter picker!)
- Spread the word!
Make sure all your family and friends know that it is not ok to drop litter!
- Organise a litter patrol!
Do you want to help Captain Muck and Captain Litter on litter patrol?
Blackburn with Darwen Council can lend your school or community group litter pickers, hi vis vests, gloves and much more for you to litter pick around your local area.
You also get a certificate and a sticker too!
To find out more, get in touch here
Do your bit – help Blackburn with Darwen stay clean! Remember to dispose of your litter correctly – every bit you pick up is one less piece of rubbish entering our environment and harming wildlife.