Litter can have a huge impact on the look and feel of the places we live.
Seeing litter on the side of roads or along footpaths doesn’t just look horrible, it’s also bad for the environment and can be devastating for wildlife.
I’m pleased to be backing this year’s Great British Spring Clean, which promotes litter picks across the country. Thank you to everyone taking part locally.
A number of our local councils and voluntary groups are organising litter picks over the next few weeks. This is a great opportunity to give a hand or organise a litter pick in your community.
I know we also need action to stop litter being dropped in the first place. I’m pleased that the Government is introducing a deposit return scheme to encourage more people to recycle plastic and glass, this is along with higher penalties for fly-tipping and an increased charge for single-use carrier bags.
Later this year, I’ll be encouraging primary schools in Faversham and Mid Kent to take part in an anti-litter poster competition. The competition is being run by Litter Angels, which was set up to educate children about the impact that litter has on our local environment.
Together, we can help clean up Faversham and Mid Kent.