Would you stop gossiping about your neighbours if you thought you’d be fined and forced to pick up litter if you got caught? That’s the fate of people in a town in the Philippines who get caught spreading rumours.
In a report from the Earthwatch Insitute has found that plastic bottles are what makes up most of the plastic litter in European waterways. It may be surprising that plastic bags and straws account for so little.
Hillwalkers and climbers are being urged to take part in a clean up campaign that will rid the country’s mountains of litter. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) will launch the initiative at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. The campaign is going to be called ‘The Hills to Oceans; Removing Mountains of Waste’ or H2O for short.
Highways England has urged drivers to do their bit to help reduce litter found on motorways, each year 200,000 bags of litter are collected from the side of the roads every year. This year they have stepped up to support the Great British Spring Clean.
Wet wipes that have been flushed down the toilet made up a huge 77% of the waste that was picked up during a charity litter pick on the banks of the River Thames. To put it in perspective 4000 wipes were picked up along 400 metres of river bank.
Nestle has become one of the latest strategic partners of Project Stop which is an initiative to help prevent plastic pollution in South East Asia. Estimates say that there is around 150 million tonnes of plastic in our oceans at the moment, with over half of it coming from 5 countries.
Despite all of the clean ups and education programmes, litter is still a huge problem and it costs local authorities around £1 billion per year to clean up, with the main source of litter being chewing gum and cigarette butts.
Over the festive season you would have seen plenty of it over the festive season, but this could be bad for the environment. Standard glitter is made from plastics which can take 450 years to break down