Keep Kent Clean
This year we will be supporting the national Great British September Clean with our Keep Kent Clean campaign. It brings people together from across Kent to help clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.
We have provided litter picking kits to district councils which can be loaned to local groups. We're also working with district councils to make sure the litter is disposed of correctly.
Details of the COVID-19 socially distanced activities will be available nearer to September.
Get involved in keeping Kent clean:
- ask your district council if you can loan or borrow litter picking equipment
- let us know that you wish to co-host your Keep Kent Clean event. We can then help to promote your event on our Facebook page
- be mindful of the social distance guidance provided by Keep Kent Clean and the government when arranging a litter pick.
If you see any flytipping whilst you are travelling around Kent or litter picking, please report what you find online.
Did you know?
- Last year councils collected 5,666 bags of litter waste during the spring clean of 2019.
- We engage with Kent residents and parish/ town councils to promote the use of loaned litter picking equipment provided by district councils.
- Social media accounts using the hashtag #KeepKentClean reached 97,832 people.
- 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 (50x the 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 onto the streets of the UK everyday. With 30 million tons of rubbish collected from England's streets each year (enough to fill 4 Wembley Stadiums).