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CPRE's Green Clean

Monday, 30 September 2019 15:15

22nd October 2019

CPRE's Green Clean returned again in September. CPRE held an England-wide litter pick to collect data on the numbers, sizes and materials of drinks containers that are littered across the country.

A big thank you to all the volunteers, community groups, schools and Litter Free Dorset who supported CPRE's Green Clean in Dorset - 12 Litter Picks were held in total.

Key stats from CPRE’s Green Clean, which took place right across England, include:

- A quarter (23%) of glass bottles collected were over the 750ml size limit, the current upper limit for the ‘on the go’ DRS being pushed by key industries;
- More than one quarter (28%) of plastic bottles found littering the countryside were larger than the common 500ml bottle size and could be excluded from the scheme being pushed by key industry stakeholders; and
- 10,000 drinks containers were collected during the month-long litter pick, including cans, plastic bottles of all sizes and glass bottles.

Additionally, more than 1 in 10 drinks containers collected were glass, a figure that does not include the shattered pieces of glass volunteers were unable to count. A summary of the totals collected in Dorset can be found as a separate document available to download at the end of this page. 

Join your local CPRE's Green Clean this September 2019

Litter doesn’t belong in our countryside. It harms nature and prevents us from enjoying the green spaces that enrich all our lives. This September, we’re cleaning it up - but we’ll need your help. Last year, CPRE’s Green Cleaners collected hundreds of bags of litter and over 11,000 bottles and cans and improved their local countryside for the everyone’s benefit. With your help, we can go bigger and better this year.

Green Clean Litter Pick dates
5th September, Dorchester, 10 am outside County Hall, DT1 IXJ (recently added). Organised by Litter Free Dorset. Litter picking equipment provided.
7th September Clean Up Blandford Campaign are running an event on Saturday 7th September, 10.00am, covering Marsh & Ham Blue Bridge, Town, Meadows and River. Meet at the Blue (Mortain Bridge) over the River Stour, next to Marsh & Ham Car Park by the weir. Run in conjunction with Blandford War on Waste and will be recording the findings and laying out in front of the Parish Church in the town centre.
10th September Sherborne Stop the Litter Campaign , 10 - 12pm at Simons Road (outside the stores) 
14th September Wareham Wombles, meet 9.30am, Westport House, Worgret Road, BH20 4PP.
15th September Wimborne War On Waste, 11 - 1pm meeting at Redcotts park Wimborne

27th & 28th September Swanage Landers Part of Litter-Free Purbeck, will meet at 9.15am and 1.45pm on Friday 27th September & Saturday 28th September at the Main Beach Car Park, Victoria Avenue, BH19 1PW.
28th September Beaminster Litter Pick, meet 10.30 outside the Town Hall. They usually Litter Pick for one hour. This is organised by the Church & Community ECO groups jointly.

Thank you to all the Community Groups who are supporting CPRE's Green Clean. We will continue to add more dates as they become available. We are also encouraging schools to get involved too.


Fancy getting involved?

• How about organising a team Green Clean at lunch time?
• Or doing a quick litter pick before work or whilst walking the dog?
• Have you ever considered #plogging (picking up litter as you jog)?
However, you can help, Thank you to all of you in advance!
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Last year Frank and his team from Litter Free Purbeck did a quarterly litter pick along the A351 (Wareham to Swanage 8.5 miles) beginning of 17th September and recorded a video showing what they collected and recorded the data for CPRE's #GreenClean.

Get Recording!
Please download the CPRE Recording Form listed below and once completed after your litter pick return to:
Linda Williams @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get Sharing!
Share the link to the online sign-up page
Include the #GreenClean hashtag on Twitter and Instagram posts
Tag ‎@LitterFreeDrst @CPRE @DorsetCPRE

Get Snapping!
Pictures are great, especially during and after the event.
We’d love to see your #GreenClean litter pick so send Litter Free Dorset a snap!

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