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Erith named in dozen dirtiest places in UK

PUBLISHED: 11:42 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:50 16 February 2016

Rubbish in Erith

Rubbish in Erith

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The Clean for the Queen campaign aims to tidy up dirty areas in time for the Queen's 90th birthday

Erith has been named as one of the 12 dirtiest places in the UK ahead of a mass litter pick next month.

From hundreds of entries nominated by the public, the top 12 ‘grotspots’ chosen by the Clean for The Queen organisation include riverbanks, verges, suburban roads, laybys and beaches.

A photo of rubbish dumped on South Road in Erith was submitted and chosen as one of the dirtiest.

Campaign director Adrian Evans said: “The dirty dozen all share a common theme – they are local eyesores.

“Rubbish has been dumped by people who can’t be bothered to dispose of it responsibly – bottles, cans, wrappers and bags.

“We have chosen these grotspots to highlight just how bad the litter problem is and also to emphasise that everyone can make a difference to their local area by not littering.

“To show that these places would be so much more beautiful if the litter was cleared, the Clean for The Queen team and friends are undertaking to clean up three of the grotspots in advance of the Clean for the Queen weekend on 4, 5 and 6 March.”

The Clean for the Queen event aims to recruit one million people to help tidy up the UK’s dirtiest areas in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Also featuring on the list were Thurrock, Derbyshire, Stamford, Tooting, Birmingham, Chippenham, Cardiff, Ipswich, Brighton, Newcastle and Hammersmith.

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