Mail’s Great British Spring Clean is declared ‘the biggest war on litter the UK has ever seen’, after one million hours are pledged by readers
- The Mail’s Spring Clean volunteers have filled more than 900,000 rubbish bags
- The army of ‘litter heroes’ is equivalent to the entire population of Liverpool
- So far an incredible 4,102 tons of litter has been picked up across the country
- More than 16,000 events have brought communities together to clean up Britain
The Great British Spring Clean has been hailed as the biggest environmental action ever seen on the British Isles.
So far nearly 540,000 volunteers have selflessly pledged more than one million hours of their time to make Britain a cleaner, greener place.
This vast army of ‘litter heroes’ is equivalent to the entire population of Liverpool or Manchester. Across the UK, the volunteers have made a huge impact.
A band of more than 30 litter pickers from the Mail’s offices in Kensington, west London, went to the Ham Lands nature reserve in Richmond, south-west London, to help pick up litter in playing fields
So far an incredible 4,102 tons of litter have been picked up from streets, playgrounds, shopping parades, playing fields and beaches. This is the same weight as more than 300 double-decker buses.
According to figures compiled by Keep Britain Tidy, which is behind the Great British Spring Clean, this is 911,698 bags of rubbish.
Around 16,037 events – organised by sports clubs, pubs, schools, community centres, churches, mosques and pensioners’ groups – have brought people together in a single-minded attempt to clean up the place – and also to raise awareness of the scourge of litter.
So far nearly 540,000 volunteers have selflessly pledged more than one million hours of their time to make Britain a cleaner place. Volunteers are pictured above in Richmond yesterday
In total, 536,462 people have signed up to the Great British Spring Clean, which is supported by the Daily Mail.
One of the most inspiring aspects of the campaign is the huge involvement of children. In all 169,267 pupils have taken part or are going to take part in the campaign before it closes on April 23.
It has been backed by Prince William, celebrities including Mary Berry and Prue Leith, the Church of England, and even the United Nations.
Yesterday a band of more than 30 litter pickers from the Mail’s offices in Kensington, west London, went to the Ham Lands nature reserve in Richmond, south-west London, to help pick up litter in playing fields and along the banks of the Thames.
They collected cigarette butts, crisp packets, polystyrene boxes and beer cans over the course of two hours.
The Mail has long been at the forefront of efforts to stop plastic pollution in the UK.
This newspaper successfully campaigned to introduce a charge on plastic bags in supermarkets, and we are calling for a deposit return scheme on plastic bottles.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who has enthusiastically backed the campaign, has promised to deliver a deposit scheme, which it is hoped will mean that most plastic bottles and cans will no longer be dumped as litter.
Last year we organised the Great Plastic Pick Up, a voluntary litter pick with Keep Britain Tidy.
Volunteers collected cigarette butts, crisp packets, polystyrene boxes and beer cans over the course of two hours in Richmond yesterday. Across the UK, the volunteers have made a huge impact [File photo]
More than 20,000 people filled 17,000 wheelie bins with rubbish and picked up two million plastic bottles for recycling over one weekend.
But the Great British Spring Clean, running from May 22 to April 23 has been even bigger and more ambitious.
Yesterday Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, said: ‘When we launched the Great British Spring Clean we aimed to create the country’s biggest ever mass action environmental campaign and, with the help of the Daily Mail, we have done it.’
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