Keep Kent Clean

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We are proud to launch Keep Kent Clean – our support for the national Great British Spring Clean campaign taking place this spring.

Keep Kent Clean aims to bring people together from across Kent to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

We will be running our own local activities throughout February and March, including:

  • our Highways teams cleaning signs, re-painting white lines and maintaining shrubs in areas across the county
  • Community Wardens taking part in local litter picks
  • volunteer Countryside Wardens cleaning and tidying public rights of way
  • holding spring clean events in country parks that you can join in with.

Alongside our own countywide clean ups, we are encouraging communities, clubs, schools and businesses to do their bit to clean up their neighbourhoods. You can find details of events to take part in or you can even plan your own event.

Get involved

Report flytipping in your area

How to get rid of litter you have collected

If you are organising a litter pick event, please contact the local district council for the area before the event takes place to make sure the litter you and your volunteers collect will be picked up by them. You cannot take litter collections to your local household waste recycling centre.

Your local district council can advise you about:

  • whether the proposed area for your litter pick is acceptable and any health and safety issues you need to consider
  • the type of litter bags that should be used
  • the types of litter that can be collected in the agreed litter bags and what you need to do to dispose of other more hazardous items that you might come across (for example tyres or asbestos)
  • the collection point where the bags of litter should be placed after the event and whether you need to notify them further about the number of bags of litter you need to dispose of.

Did you know?

  • Councils in England spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.
  • According to the Local Government Association, the average piece of gum costs 3p to buy but around £1.50 - fifty times that price - to clean up.
  • The RSPCA receives 700 phone calls a year relating to animals injured by our litter.
  • It takes 450 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose.
  • About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day with 30 million tons of rubbish collected from England’s streets each year (enough to fill four Wembley Stadiums).

Message from Paul Carter

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter says:

“There’s just no excuse for chucking your rubbish on the ground.

The cost to our district authorities in Kent for picking up litter tossed onto our roadsides or in our town centres is millions of pounds a year – money that could be much better spent elsewhere.

With the forthcoming Great British Spring Clean I’ll be making sure Kent County Council is doing its bit and would encourage anyone who is fed up with litter to get involved too.

The Great British Spring Clean is about everyone working together to clean up the litter that blights our landscape and communities and we’re delighted to be taking part and bringing people together to tackle an issue that many people care passionately about.”