Leicester City Council is working with Keep Britain Tidy to champion the ‘Big Tidy Up’ campaign in Leicester.
Our aim is to encourage residents to get involved with their community and make it a cleaner, greener place for everyone to live.
Keep Britain Tidy runs a number of campaigns across England to help improve the local environment and try to change the public’s behaviour. They focus on a range of issues that blight the environment and affect the areas where people live including fly tipping, flyposting, graffiti, dog fouling, antisocial behaviour and abandoned vehicles.
The Big Tidy Up campaign was launched in 2008 and has so far seen great success, with thousands of groups tidying up and collecting tons of rubbish from street all across England.
If you hate litter and would like to do something positive to help keep your local area clean and tidy, why not join our Big Tidy Up campaign?
The Big Tidy Up aims to get every one out on the streets cleaning up their corner of the community in the country’s biggest ever litter pick.
Thousands of people across the country are already taking part to clean up their patch but we need you to do your bit and help make this the biggest tidy up ever!
Litter – what is the problem?
Over 30 million tonnes of litter are collected from our streets across England every year and it costs council taxpayers £500 million a year to clean them.
Litter can refer to anything from a small crisp packet or sweet wrapper to large bags of rubbish or even an area with many items of rubbish. Often people do not consider small items such as gum or even cigarette butts to be litter but these small pieces of rubbish are often some of the most littered items on our streets. All litter is unsightly and makes our local areas look untidy and uncared for. Litter especially food litter, which has over the last decade increased consistently year on year can present a health hazard as it attracts rats and other vermin.
Is it illegal to drop litter?
Anyone that drops litter in a public place is committing a crime and they can be fined under the Environmental protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act. Leicester’s City Wardens can impose an ‘on the spot’ fine of £80 if they see you dropping litter in Leicester.
How can I get involved?
There are a number of events happening across Leicester, which you may be able to get involved in, see the individual event details for more information. Or, why not organise your own Big Tidy Up?
There is lots of information about planning your own event on The Big Tidy website and if you register your event with us we will be able to provide you with equipment including, litter pickers, gloves and bags.
Register your event online.