More about litter

Facts about litter

Litter is unpopular with everyone, but we all need to be responsible. Litter can have the following effects:

  • Health hazards
  • Can kill wildlife
  • Threat to human safety
  • Gives a bad impression of the area

Some interesting statistics and figures about litter are below:

  • Litter costs almost £1 billion a year in clean up bills nationally
  • 30 million tonnes of litter are collected from our streets every year - enough to fill four Wembley Stadiums
  • Chewing gum costs local authorities £20,000 a year to clean
  • 99% of streets in town centres have cigarette litter
  • 62% of people in England drop litter - but only 28% will admit to it

This information is from the Keep Britain Tidy Public Litter Survey 2013.

‎Last updated: 07‎/‎08‎/‎2017‎ ‎16‎:‎38‎

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