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Green Clean 2019

Volunteers at the Bridgwater Green Clean with the piles of recyclable bottles and cans Volunteers at the Bridgwater Green Clean with the piles of recyclable bottles and cans

  Green Clean September 2019 - what a busy time we had!

Litter doesn’t belong in our countryside. It harms nature and prevents us from enjoying the green spaces that enrich all our lives. This September, we decided to clean it up - with the help of community groups and some lovely volunteers.

Our four Somerset events were at:
  • Haselbury Plucknett - organised by Haselbury Plucknett Parish Council
  • Wells - organised by Wells City Council
  • Frome - organised by Frome Litter Warriors
  • Bridgwater  - along the canal and towpath - organised by Rage Against Rubbish

Somerset Wildlife Trust also adopted the Green Clean approach as part of their BIg Taunton Litter Pick, and shared their data, which was brilliant for us.

 So - in total - with the help of 137 volunteers we collected 139 bags of rubbish, just under half of which were full of cans and bottles.  Altogether we collected 776 plastic bottles, 1104 cans, 348 glass bottles and 54 drinks cartons. We also found a bicycle in the canal plus several traffic cones and unbrellas.  Elsewhere we found car wing mirrors, tyres and hubcaps plus used nappies, a drainpipe, a door and a mattress.

Evidence from other countries shows that, If people were able to get money back by returning drinks containers through a deposit return system, we would see littering rates fall dramatically and recycling rates increase. 

More information on the results of Green Clean from around the country can be found here

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Somerset patchwork landscape