Litter Picking

Introducing the Clean Devon Partnership – March 2021.

What’s the problem? Litter and fly tipping are putting a major and growing financial burden on society. This environmental vandalism blights communities and has serious public health consequences. With the key roles that the world class environment, agriculture and tourism play in Devon’s prosperous economy it is critical that litter and fly tipping which impact seriously on these areas are tackled with an innovative, enterprising and collaborative approach.

Dealing with fly tipping and litter in Devon is estimated to cost more than £7million.

Clean Devon is a new partnership of organisations working together to tackle litter and fly tipping across Devon. The group will share expertise and intelligence and work with local and national businesses, local and parish councils and the Devon public to reduce litter and fly tipping.

The problems of litter have always been a key campaign of Devon CPRE, and so we are delighted to be part of this new county-wide anti-littering campaign – Clean Devon – a multi-agency partnership working collaboratively to protect our environment for wildlife, residents, businesses and visitors. We want to help to prevent, detect and deter fly tipping and litter in Devon, leading to a reduction in costs, crime, and environmental, social and economic impacts.

As lockdown eases and the warmer months beckon, Clean Devon wants to encourage everyone to take more responsibility for their rubbish whilst enjoying the beautiful moors, beaches, wildlife, countryside, towns and villages.

Littering is an increasing burden on society, both financially and environmentally and the partnership aims to improve the issue through preventing, detecting and deterring this type of behaviour in Devon.

Principal Waste Manager from Devon County Council and Clean Devon Co-ordinator, Annette Dentith, says: “One of our key priorities is to protect and enhance Devon’s wonderful environment. Local authorities do their best to keep bins emptied however with increased visitors over the warmer months we must take responsibility for our own rubbish. If bins are full, bring your own bag and dispose of it when you return home. Please don’t leave it next to an already full bin as this contributes to littering and is considered fly-tipping for which you could be fined. It’s really important we protect our beautiful county, not only for ourselves but for future generations.”

Whilst out enjoying what Devon has to offer, we would urge the public to not leave their litter behind. The spirit of the Countryside Code is generally adhered to by the majority of people, but there are a few worrying trends that are either based on anti-social behaviour or a lack of awareness of the working countryside. Accessing the fresh air and getting close to nature have widely researched health and wellbeing benefits, but visitors need to act responsibly in order to protect our natural environment and its inhabitants. Take home your memories and your litter.

For additional advice and facts, or if you are concerned about litter and flytipping near you, please visit Clean Devon’s website.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Clean Devon campaign which has been launched on social media. Promotional material will also be distributed to businesses in Devon with the aim to reach visitors and encourage the same respectful behaviour towards our environment. 

Devon is beautiful let’s keep it that way. Your rubbish your responsibility. Find a bin or take it home.

If you would like us to help you organise a litter pick in your area, please contact us. We have all the litter picking gear, ready for use! There are no benefits to litter and fly tipping. Its just awful. A blight in our towns, villages, countryside and roadside verges, and its harmful to animals, wildlife and the environment. Lets clean up Devon!

Litter picking events in Devon – September 2019

Devon CPRE organised two litter picking events as part of the national CPRE ‘Green Clean’ campaign for the month of September.

Our Teignbridge members collected several bags of litter at Hackney Marshes, near Newton Abbot on Saturday 14th September. And then on 20th September, we helped Exeter based company Devon Norse with a litter pick on the Sowton Industrial Estate. This was the second year we have teamed up with Devon Norse, and 24 bags of rubbish were collected in just an hour!

If you would like us to help you organise a litter pick in your area, please contact us. We have all the litter picking gear, ready for use! There are no benefits to litter and fly tipping. Its just awful. A blight in our towns, villages, countryside and roadside verges, and its harmful to animals, wildlife and the environment. Lets clean up Devon!


CPRE’s main concern with litter is its impact on the beauty and quality of the countryside. Littered items are often brightly-coloured, non-degradable and toxic. They spoil the view, pollute the land and endanger wildlife. And they are often made from valuable materials that could be recycled such as glass, aluminium and plastic – all of which are wasted when left as litter.

CPRE and litter

Campaigning against litter was one of CPRE’s early priorities; our work began in 1927, supporting a range of local and national campaigns. This work led us to be instrumental in the creation of the Keep Britain Tidy group in 1955 and our most recent national campaign, Stop the Drop, ran from 2008 to 2015. We launched our Litter Programme in January 2016, with activities including campaigning and lobbying, a pilot project looking at legislation and systems design, as well as collaborative work with our branch network across England and a wide range of charity and corporate partners.

We want to see:

  • a strong legal framework that is used consistently by local councils, to stop littering being a consequence-free crime;
  • a National Litter Action Plan that coordinates the activities of every organisation that works to reduce litter, in order to increase efficiency and save money;
  • solutions that change people’s behaviour by putting a value on resources, such as charges on carrier bags and returnable deposits paid on drinks containers;
  • better design of products and packaging, such as attaching lids to bottles and providing disposal papers with chewing gum, to reduce the chances of them being littered.

The issue

Litter levels in England have remained broadly stable over the past decade, according to the official monitoring undertaken on behalf of the Government. However, this neither provides good news nor a clear picture of why the problem is so endemic and extensive. Litter is spoiling the countryside

The campaign

10 years of research and campaigning into the reduction of littered bottles and cans has pointed us in one direction – to a deposit return system. Find our all about how a UK scheme would work.


Have we got the bottle?
Our research for a deposit return system (DRS) for drinks containers covering glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans shows how a scheme would realistically work in the UK, and how benficial it could be.

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