Litter Picking

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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