Rubbish Roundup

Rubbish Roundup 30th March

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup the annual Great British Spring Clean has been postponed until September because of the coronavirus outbreak, and various councils have announced various services are being reduced significantly in response to the government lockdown, such as bin emptying, street cleaning and litter-picking...

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Rubbish Roundup 16th March

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup a councillor in Denbighshire has criticised a private litter enforcement firm for targeting smokers instead of dog owners, in Ipswich a litter picking group was shocked to find 90 unused needles on one area of the town, a compact and 100% electric waste vacuum cleaner is the latest litter fighting recruit in South Lanarkshire and Costa Coffee stores in Swindon are set to start hosting their own litter picks...

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Rubbish Roundup 17th February

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup a report published by the non-profit anti-litter organisation Plastic Patrol has found that people in Oxford are among the most avid litter pickers in the country. Small animals are getting stuck in discarded litter and are being left to die a painful death in Romney Marsh, Kent and a man from Portadown in Northern Ireland has spent the last 7 months scouring the River Bann for litter in his Kayak...

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Rubbish Roundup 3rd February

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup an innovative initiative has been launched in Aberdeen which will combine litter picking with conversations about mental health. Some high school pupils in Lancashire have started an Eco Club which will look at ways to improve the school environment, a beach clean that took place right across the Channel Islands has resulted in a whopping 300kg of litter being collected, and finally, schools in East Ayrshire are set to introduce an anti-litter scheme where every secondary school child who drops litter will have to either take part in a litter pick or face an £80 fine.

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Rubbish Roundup 19th January

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup the Welsh Government plans to change the law to punish litter louts who throw litter out of their car window. Gloucester City Council is searching for a private firm of ‘litter police’ to enforce litter rules over the next five years and fly-tippers could face jail as part of a new government crack-down on dumping waste...

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Rubbish Roundup - The Festive Edition

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup Preston City Council has apologized to a volunteer litter picker who called time on his hobby after being confronted by a council walker on his daily litter pick. In Abergavenny, litter pickers have been celebrating a successful year after reforming their town clean-up group, in Swindon, a local newspaper is calling on its readers to join their campaign to tackle the scourge of litter in the town. Finally, on to Radcliffe in Bury, where local school children have been doing their bit to clean up the streets.

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Rubbish Roundup 11th November

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup a team from Australia’s national science research agency has found that thousands of tonnes of nets, traps, and lines are lost in the ocean each year. The streets of Henley were left blighted by rubbish after public litter bins weren’t emptied over the weekend and 215 litter pickers in Hitchin cleared the town’s parks, paths, and verges of rubbish in a bid to wage war on waste...

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Rubbish Roundup 28th November

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup 'Break Free from Plastics', an environmental pressure group, has said that much of the plastic that’s polluting our planet comes from just a handful of big corporations. Angry residents on a Sheffield street have been left perplexed after the council rejected an offer by a local McDonald’s drive-through restaurant to install bins to tackle the growing problem of fast food litter and pupils from a school in West Bridgford in Nottingham recent cleaned up a local woodland as part of a charity litter picking event...

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Rubbish Roundup 16th September

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup the campaign group, Plastic Free Keighley has appointed a community leader to further its cause. Also litter pickers who are on a nationwide ‘litter picking tour’ were told that they couldn’t recycle rubbish at a council recycling centre because it didn’t count as ‘household waste’ and Holidaymakers are taking part in beach clean events to make up for their guilt about the environmental impact of flying...

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Rubbish Roundup 19th August

In this weeks' Rubbish Roundup Mountaineering Scotland has called on local authorities to crack down on campers who are spoiling Scotland’s beauty spots by leaving them strewn with litter. Also, thieves have stolen a wheelbarrow worth hundreds of pounds from a group of litter pickers in Staffordshire and the latest government figures show that Birmingham council spent £14.2 million cleaning up the city’s streets in 2018-19...

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