Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) has today (22 Oct) published its twelfth annual Local Environmental Quality Survey of England, showing the state of England’s litter issue.
Produced on behalf of Defra, the report shows that more places are now of an acceptable standard when it comes to cleanliness, despite the significant funding cuts suffered by local authorities.
However, despite the improvement in overall cleanliness, litter has shown no statistically significant improvement in the number of places meeting the required standard.
Of particular concern is the rise in fast food and confectionery-related litter. Both these litter types has seen an increase of three percent when compared to the 2011/12 survey.
Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy – “It is great news that, overall, England is cleaner and this is testament to the local authorities up and down the country who are managing to maintain and improve standards, despite the difficult financial position, through innovation and hard work”
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Phil Barton said: “It is great news that, overall, England is cleaner and this is testament to the local authorities up and down the country who are managing to maintain and improve standards, despite the difficult financial position, through innovation and hard work.
“However, the continued growth in fast food and confectionery-related litter means that there is still a huge amount to do to educate the public that they have a responsibility to do the right thing.
“When you buy a burger or a chocolate bar, you buy the wrapper as well as the contents and it is your responsibility to dispose of it properly.
“It is time for everyone to ask themselves the question: “When it comes to litter, which side of the fence are you on?” Do we want the places we live in and love to be littered? If the answer to that question is “no” then every one of us has a role to play in cleaning up our act.”
The report is being launched today by Defra Minister Dan Rogerson at Keep Britain Tidy’s Network Conference in London.
The minister said: “We all want to live in a welcoming, safe and secure environment. The state of a neighbourhood will affect investment and house prices and the cost of clearing litter and graffiti can result in money being diverted from other vital services. Reducing litter will help support a stronger economy.
I’m pleased that things are improving but there is more to do. Everyone has a role to play in keeping our neighbourhoods clean and tidy, helping build a fairer society.”
For the full report CLICK HERE