Clean for The Queen is a campaign launched by Country
Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to clear up
Britain in time for The Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.
It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean
up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on
March 4 - 6 2016. With the full backing of Keep Britain Tidy, the
campaign already has the support of well-known national
organisations, as well as individual ambassadors.
Now it's up to all of us.
Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: "Her Majesty The
Queen is an inspiration to all of us. Her 90th birthday is a unique
opportunity for people to come together in celebration of Her
Majesty's long service and dedication to this
country.Everyone has a responsibility to keep their
community tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to
protect our wildlife and improve the quality of our streets and
public spaces. I hope it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a
cleaner, tidier Britain."
To take part in Clean for The Queen, please register here, where
you'll find advice and tips about how to join a group or to simply
do your bit.
If every adult picked up just one piece of litter and put it in
a bin, that would be more than 50 million pieces of rubbish
disposed of. Imagine if everyone picked up at least one piece of
litter every day for the next nine months. We can do it. We can all
Clean for The Queen.
How much litter is there?
- About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets
of the UK every day. Thirty million tons of rubbish are collected
from England's streets each year. That's enough to fill Wembley
Stadium four times over
- The Highways Agency clears about 180,000 sacks of litter from
motorways and A roads alone. There could be 46,000 pieces of
plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean. About 80% of
that comes from the land. Plastic takes at least 450 years to break
down in seawater
- In 2013/14, local authorities dealt with 852,000 fly-tipping
incidents in England and Wales. These cost roughly £45 million to
- The RSPCA receives 7,000 calls a year about animals injured by
- In 2013, 8.3 billion single-use plastic bags were handed out in
the UK. The amount of litter on UK beaches has almost doubled over
the past 15 years
- An RSPB study found that 95% of fulmars washed up dead on the
North Sea coast had ingested plastic
How long does litter take to biodegrade?
- Paper bag up to one month
- Orange peel up to two years
- Banana skin up to two years
- Plastic bag up to 10-20 years
- Cigarette butts up to 12 years
- Plastic bottle up to 450 years
- Glass bottles and chewing gum are not biodegradable
How much is it costing?
- It costs taxpayers almost £1 billion every year to clean up
litter from our streets
- The cost of cleaning up chewing gum from a town centre is up to
- Fly-tipping costs Network Rail more than £2.3 million each
- Clearing litter costs Dartmoor National Park £20,000 a
- According to a 2014 Keep Britain Tidy report, if we recycled
50% of items littered in England, it would have an economic value
of at least £14.8 million