Cigarette Butts And Chewing Gum Top UK Litter Problem

16-05-14(1)pic3Following its latest litter survey Litter Composition Survey of England, which found that the types of litter have hardly changed since its first survey in 1996, INCPEN calls on everyone to work together with local and central government to stamp out litter.

The latest report commissioned by INCPEN from Keep Britain Tidy found that the most frequently littered items in England this year are cigarette butts (30 percent) and chewing gum (24 percent).

6.5 percent of litter is drinks containers, 13 percent confectionery and snack packaging, 2.9 percent fast-food related and a wide range of many other items are also littered.

INCPEN says that this “underlines the need for all sectors to join the fight against littering.”

It also shows that focusing just on particular items in litter will not solve the problem, according to INCPEN.

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Jane Bickerstaffe, INCPEN director says: “It’s time for a new concerted attack on litter. There are a number of campaigning bodies all with the same objective but with different initiatives. Let’s pool resources and work together.”

“We commission these surveys because we believe good data is vital to underpin preventative measures and to provide a benchmark against which achievements can be measured”, she says.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy says: “Keep Britain Tidy was pleased to conduct this litter count in England for INCPEN. We are focused on tackling all types of litter and have recently launched our Litter Commitment, which we are inviting companies and other organisations to sign up to. We commend INCPEN for helping to gather important evidence relating to the composition of littered items.

Jane Bickerstaffe, INCPEN – “It’s time for a new concerted attack on litter. There are a number of campaigning bodies all with the same objective but with different initiatives. Let’s pool resources and work together”

The report reinforces the need for policy to be based on hard evidence and not on misperceptions, INCPEN says, which say that frequency of littered items is an important component of this.

The survey found more rubber bands (one percent) and the same number of bagged dog mess littered compared with the much more widely publicised supermarket carrier bags.

“We need to tackle all items because litter breeds litter,” INCEPEN says. “That’s why we need a concerted approach.”

Keep Britain Tidy surveyed 480 sites between December 2013 and March 2014. Keep Scotland Beautiful carried out a similar survey for INCPEN over the same period of time in 120 sites in Scotland.

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