Via Keeping Britain Tidy - join a clean-up near you, or organise one if you’re in a gap on the map!
This article is in no way endorsed, but we’d definitely recommend downloading the Litterati app - if only to shove it in people’s faces when they tell you that picking up one bit of rubbish won’t make a difference. You can add to the ‘digital landfill’ in your own location and tag what you’re picking up, so that the most common items can be clamped down on. The sense of competition adds that missing bit of je-ne-sais-quoi, too!
Despite the UK having some of the strictest littering and fly-tipping rules in the world, it’s left to the local councils to enforce the laws and the funds just aren’t there. If you don’t want to do it for the government, then do it for the animals and the future generations and get involved with #trashtag. Read on to see what to look out for and why you should get behind it!
off armed with bags and biodegradable gloves, and we cleared as much as we
could from the hedgerows near our office. There were a few repeat offenders and
dangerous items, as well as some things that could easily have been recycled
had the effort been made to take them home. Keep your eyes peeled for:
Broken glass/sharp metal: this poses a danger to both the animals and yourselves!
Ring pulls, including those from milk/juice cartons, have small holes that animals could get stuck in, so make sure you snip them before you throw them away too!
Plastic bags: animals surrounded by plastic bags are at serious risk of suffocation
Recyclables: glass, cardboard, cans, plastic bottles… anything that you can prevent from going into landfill helps!
Small containers e.g. jars: small animals can get their heads stuck in these, especially if they contain food, leading to suffocation
String/twine/fishing line: this can get wrapped around limbs or can be a choking hazard if swallowed
Chewing gum: this is often mistaken for food and once eaten can lead to choking, suffocation and feeding problems
Cigarette butts: these are the single most common form of litter and harmful toxins leak out of them into the environment
And to make it even MORE fun (who’d have thought that was possible?!) we had a go at our litter picking heroine MakeLitterPickingCool’s Litter Picking Bingo - give it a go and comment your score below!
MakeLitterPickingCool kindly agreed to bless us all with some words of wisdom too:
“Everyone can make a difference by litter picking, and that’s the great thing about it. Just by picking up one piece you could be saving our wildlife from being affected by it. Not only will you be positively impacting your community, countryside, beach, or wherever you pick, but you’ll also experience a sense of achievement and be comforted with the knowledge that you’ve made a difference. One piece is all it takes to get that litter picking buzz and make Litter Picking cool!”
Remember to stay safe when
picking up litter: wear a reflective vest near roads, always walk on the right
in the UK, use gloves and wash your hands afterwards, wear suitable footwear
and long trousers to protect your ankles and use a litter-picker to stop you
from coming into contact with any sharp or hazardous materials.
Telling corporations that you’ve got a litter to pick with them instead of a bone to pick might even get the Peta seal of approval for being vegan enough… Here’s a couple of ideas for some less hands-on, but equally important, activism:
Write to a local district councillor
Write to your local MP - You can write to any MP at: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, and you can find out who your local MP is here.
Report a litter problem to your local council
power in numbers, so another incredible international movement to get behind is
Rebellion, who will be taking to the streets from April 15th to make their
presence and demands known. Head to their website to read more, watch a
brilliant video on the ecological crisis and how to handle it both emotionally
and practically, and sign up as a volunteer. They’re looking for people to
commit for as long as it takes.