Spring into action – how we can work together to reduce litter
As lockdown eases and we look forward to a 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 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 more takeaway wrappers, plastic glasses, bakery packaging, face coverings and gloves littered.
We need everyone to take responsibility for the rubbish they create, to bag it and take it home if necessary, and not to leave it for someone else to pick up.
80% of people 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 an amazing fact 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.
Here’s how to help
Devon is beautiful – let’s keep it that way – find a bin or take your litter home
Download these posters – please print them off and put them up in your locality.
Be a Local Litter Hero – Join a litter picking group or hold your own event.
Spread the word by sharing posts from our partners under #Clean Devon
Follow the Countryside Code: Protect, Respect, Enjoy