Keep Kent Clean

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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 ran local activities throughout February and March 2017, 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
  • spring clean events in country parks.

Alongside our own countywide clean ups, we encouraged communities, clubs, schools and businesses to do their bit to clean up their neighbourhoods. You can see a round up of all of the activity on our Keep Kent Clean Facebook page.

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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."