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Clean for the Queen - then Enjoy the Capital

Clean for The Queen is a campaign launched by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to clear up Britain in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on March 4–6.

The campaign already has the support of well-known national organisations with a total membership in excess of 1.5 million, as well as individual ambassadors.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep their community tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to protect our wildlife and improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. I hope it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”

 

How much litter is there?

About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day. Thirty million tons of rubbish are collected from England’s streets each year. That’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over.

The Highways Agency clears about 180,000 sacks of litter from motorways and A roads alone. There could be 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean. About 80% of that comes from the land. Plastic takes at least 450 years to break down in seawater.

In 2013/14, local authorities dealt with 852,000 fly-tipping incidents in England and Wales. These cost roughly £45 million to clear up. The RSPCA receives 7,000 calls a year about animals injured by litter.

In 2013, 8.3 billion single-use plastic bags were handed out in the UK. The amount of litter on UK beaches has almost doubled over the past 15 years.

An RSPB study found that 95% of fulmars washed up dead on the North Sea coast had ingested plastic

 

How long does it take to biodegrade?

  • Paper bag up to one month

  • Orange peel up to two years

  • Banana skin up to two years

  • Plastic bag up to 10–20 years

  • Cigarette butts up to 12 years

  • Plastic bottle up to 450 years

  • Glass bottles and chewing gum are not biodegradable

 

Taking part

To take part in Clean for The Queen, Click Here

 

Now it's time for something different

Come and explore London this spring. Find Your London celebrates London’s outdoor spaces, from gardens to parks, high streets to marketplaces. The 11 day festival features over 100 events across London.

There’ll be everything from yoga in the park, cycle trails and treasure hunts, to beekeeping, an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and more besides. A great opportunity to discover new places and join in fun activities outside.

Picture: To help you make the most of the festival, the organisers have come up with five different moods. So whether you’re looking to be Active, Curious, Playful, Relaxed or Inspired. You’ll find a great day out at Find Your London - Click Here

 

 

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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