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Damers First School in Dorchester urge Michael Gove to back an ‘all-in’ deposit return system on 27th February 2019. Edd Moore their teacher and Sophie Colley, Litter Free Dorset, also attended. Damers First School in Dorchester urge Michael Gove to back an ‘all-in’ deposit return system on 27th February 2019. Edd Moore their teacher and Sophie Colley, Litter Free Dorset, also attended.

CPRE’s main concern with litter is its impact on the beauty and quality of the countryside.

Littered items are often brightly-coloured, non-degradable and toxic. They spoil the view, pollute the land and endanger wildlife. And they are often made from valuable materials that could be recycled such as glass, aluminium and plastic – all of which are wasted when left as litter.

Dorset CPRE and Litter

Dorset CPRE has been involved in litter campaigning since Paul Goldman, from East Orchard in North Dorset, and Richard Mann, then Dorset CPRE Director, convened the first meeting of the Rural Litter Initiative in September 2003. The title of the Group was soon changed to Dorset Campaign Against Litter (DCAL). The Campaign merged with the Litter Free Dorset (LFD) launced in March 2017.

Litter Free Dorset

As well as being a community campaign, Litter Free Dorset – land, coast and sea is a strategic approach to creating better quality local environments for everyone in Dorset, exploring and realising the social, economic and environmental benefits of reducing the impacts of litter in the county’s towns, beaches and open spaces. They focus on reducing litter and waste at source as well as maintaining Dorset’s excellent bathing water quality.

Deposit Return System

CPRE has been campaigning for a deposit return system, where a small deposit would be applied on any drinks container, which is then refunded when it is returned for recycling, for more than 12 years.

In March 2018, the government promised to ‘introduce a deposit return scheme in England for single use drinks containers, subject to consultation.’ However, CPRE believe that there are many within the drinks, retail and packaging industries attempting to dilute the system and limit the type and size of containers that will be included. CPRE are clear that most effective deposit system will collect cans, bottles and cartons of all sizes and materials. CPRE’s ‘Green Clean’ litter picks last held in 2019, collected over 10,000 bottles and cans, and demonstrated that every type and size container is littered.

 

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