Rubbish Roundup 8th July
Volunteers whose job it was to clear up the aftermath of the Glastonbury Festival have praised festival-goers for ‘making an effort’ to tidy up after themselves this year. One volunteer said that there was much less litter left lying after this year’s event than there was this year. She did say though that there’s still an issue when it comes to people dropping cigarette butts, and adds that there were ‘thousands of them’ on the ground. Last year’s clean up cost a whopping £800,000 and took six weeks from start to finish.
27 tonnes of marine litter were removed from the beaches and coastlines of Ireland during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2019, which ran from 1st-9th June. Communities across Ireland held beach clean-ups and activities to celebrate the beauty of the coastline, and in Northern Ireland alone, 1859 volunteers collected 931 bags of litter.
Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week aims to engage local communities and inspire them to look after the coastline where they live. Events that people could take part in included beach yoga classes, underwater litter picks, seaweed workshops, hiking and canoeing clean ups, and plogging.
The manager of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s anti-litter campaign Live Here Love Here said that the number of people taking part in clean up events had doubled since last year. She added that she hopes that more people will be inspired to protect, preserve, and enjoy beaches, rivers, and lakes for years to come.
A spokesperson for Coca Cola said that the company has proudly supported the Clean Coasts programme for the past 11 years and it’s delighted to help support the thousands of volunteers who care for their local beaches.
Calderdale Council in Yorkshire has enlisted local school children in the fight against litter. The council says it spends £1.6 million per year trying to keep the borough clean and litter is a growing problem. Now the council has run a contest, asking local pupils to design anti-litter posters encouraging people to put their rubbish in the bin. The winning poster will be displayed around Calderdale as part of an anti-litter campaign.
A local councillor said that the money that’s being spent on clearing litter could be much better spent on vital frontline services, and that the council needed every resident to play their part in tackling the problem.