Spring into action – how we can work together to reduce litter
As lockdown continues to ease and we look forward to a warm summer outdoors, the Clean Devon Partnership would like to encourage residents and visitors alike to enjoy our beautiful county by following the Countryside Code. By working together, not dropping litter, finding a bin or taking it home, we can improve the environment for all.
In 2020 our glorious county was overwhelmed with litter at many popular locations. This has impacts on wildlife; livestock and livelihoods; others coming to enjoy our beauty spots and towns and villages; residents having their locality spoiled and public health.
In addition to the usual smoking related litter, sweet papers, fast food and drinks containers, during the Covid pandemic there have been even more single use packaging, face coverings and gloves littered.
We need to work together to take responsibility for the rubbish we create, to bag it and take it home if necessary, and not to leave it for someone else to pick up.
80% of people say they don’t litter and everyone knows it’s wrong – let’s make it 100%
Litter can enter watercourses, harm wildlife and livestock and block drains. It’s amazing that over 80% of ocean plastic originates from the land. We all know the impact this has on marine animals. Litter in lanes and the countryside and towns can be blown into rivers which run into the sea and beach litter will fall into the sea. Litter also attracts more litter.
Here’s how to help
Devon is beautiful – let’s keep it that way – find a bin or take your litter home
- Follow the Countryside Code: Protect, Respect, Enjoy
- While you are out enjoying Devon whether at the beach, in the countryside or in our amazing towns and villages, if you see litter why not join with your friends/family to do a 2 minute litter pick? Please follow latest Government advice.
- Spread the word by sharing posts from our partners under #Clean Devon
See our Get Involved pages for more advice.