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
This weeks Rubbish Roundup features stories including about people who drop litter in Fife could now be faced with an on the spot fine, Barking and Dagenham council have launched a crackdown on litter to become the 'cleanliness capital' of London, and finally members of the Friends of Barry Beaches conducted a litterpick on Boxing day.
This weeks Rubbish Roundup features stories including litter officers have been hired to patrol the streets of Lancashire as part of a 12 month contract, an anti litter campaign has been given a £30,000 boost from the council to tackle litter in public spaces, and finally a chrismtas tree has been blighted with broken branches, baubles missing and litter around its base.
James City Council in Williamsburg introduced a zero tolerance litter campaign. The campaign's message is that litter is a criminal act that can lead to other crimes. At a recent county meeting they have said that the amount of litter had decreased and that the campaign had a positive effect on people's behaviour.
It was recently revealed that Prince William and Harry got made fun of at school when they revealed their father used to take them on litter picking holidays. It may not be seen as fun but teaching kids about the importance of litter and how it can devastate environments can turn them into environmentally conscious adults.
If a Newcastle school has its way it will hand out community service style punishments like litter picking to those students who consistently fail to turn up for detention. The headteacher said that a consultation has been opened so parents, pupils and staff can voice their opinion on this proposal
The Marine Conservation Society have said that despite huge efforts by volunteers to clean up the UK beaches, there is still much to be done to tackle in increasing amount of plastic washing up on the UK's shores.
The IMO is set to begin a huge scale study on how it can help reduce the amount of plastic, the study would look at current litter levels and port reception facilities for litter and think about possible new measures to make it compulsory to make a declaration when shipping containers are lost at sea.
This weeks Rubbish Roundup features stories including residents in Ipswich have been urged to look out for drug-related litter and to report to the local authority, Wrexham have ended their contract with Kingdom early after it emerged that they did not issue a single fine in August or September, and finally Dublin City Council has secured funding to tackle the illegal dumping of waste.