In this week's Rubbish Roundup we feature an inspirational story of a young eco-warrior in the making, the latest progress on tackling chewing gum litter in Ireland and a study shows how discarded cigarette butts can actually harm plant growth.
A report has found that cigarette butts make up half of all of Ireland’s litter. The report was released by the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System, and it found that cigarette-related litter makes up 54.4% of all litter in Ireland.
Edinburgh was named the UK’s greenest city in 2017, but the authorities definitely haven’t allowed themselves to become complacent. The city has an ambitious five-year programme which aims to make it more sustainable, and the effects of climate change and of worsening air quality on public health, are very much in focus. Here are just some of the ways that Edinburgh council has made the city the greenest in the UK, and how they intend to retain that title.
You might remember we talked about an anti-litter campaign in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, on the blog a little while ago. Well just 9 months after it was founded by dog walker Marion Montgomery, it has gained quite a following across the globe!
Stockholm was built on water and is surrounded by woodlands, and not only is it one of the best Scandinavian cities to live in, but it’s also one of the most eco-friendly. The Swedish capital city won the title of ‘European Green Capital’ back in 2010, and it’s really no surprise.
This year’s Love Parks Week (12th-21st July) is all about encouraging people to get out and enjoy their local parks. Spending time in nature is great for your mental and physical health, but while our parks are there to be enjoyed, we need to look after them.
Copenhagen is a city that’s going places; mainly by bike. There are more cyclists than motorists in Copenhagen and that’s just one of the things that makes the Danish capital such a green city. The city aims to become the first carbon-neutral capital city in the world by 2025.
An anti-litter campaigner in Norfolk has started the initiative LOVE Norfolk, HATE Litter in a bid to encourage each resident in Norfolk to collect just one bag of litter to clean up the county.
A community litter picking campaign in Croydon has been recognised with a national award. The campaign ‘Don’t Mess With Croydon - Take Pride’ has seen 381 ‘street champions’ organise 21 litter picking events and with the help of 215 volunteers, they managed to collect 300 bags of litter in just one month earlier on this year.