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Council launches anti-litter campaign in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 March 2018

The campaign asks local residents to pick up at least one piece of plastic litter a week from the borough’s streets. Picture: PA/Rui Vieria

The campaign asks local residents to pick up at least one piece of plastic litter a week from the borough’s streets. Picture: PA/Rui Vieria

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The council has today (21 March) launched #DoitforBexley - a new anti-littering campaign which asks local residents to pledge to pick up at least one piece of plastic litter a week from the borough’s streets.

Bexley’s recycling reward scheme provider, London Green Points, is backing the campaign and will be providing existing scheme members with an extra 300 Green Points on their account when they make the pledge at www.localgreenpoints.com/doitforbexley.

Residents who have not yet signed up to London Green Points can still earn the points once they create an account.

When they make the pledge they will also earn an extra 50 bonus Green Points.

Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “BBC’s Blue Planet II and David Attenborough’s work has highlighted the horrific impact of plastic pollution.

“Plastic litter dropped on the floor in a busy town centre can easily be blown into Bexley’s rivers, which ultimately leads to the sea.

“We want people who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it, to make the simple pledge to pick up one piece of plastic litter a week.

“Together we can make a difference and #DoitforBexley!”

The campaign has been launched in support of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean (March 2 - 25).

It aims to inspire people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

A YouTube video has been produced to support the campaign, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYjN-FxdAEo

Across the borough there are 570 street litter bins, two reuse and recycling centres, weekly recycling collections for residents and businesses and various recycling points.

Despite this, the council’s own Street Cleaning team and fleet of street cleaning machines (including the brand new street washing machine ‘Lightning McClean’), together with 220 volunteer Community Litter Pickers, managed to collect and remove over 3,000 tonnes of litter from Bexley’s streets last year.

For more information about the London Green Points – Bexley, visit www.localgreenpoints.com/bexley.

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