Join the movement – residents urged to join campaign to make Cornwall litter free


Local residents are being asked to stand up for Cornwall and join the movement to make Cornwall litter free as part of a campaign launched today by Cornwall Council. 

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#LitterlessCornwall aims to rid the county of its litter blight by getting people to pledge to keep Cornwall beautiful and leave only their footprints.

Each year, Cornwall Council spends more than £5m on cleaning streets and beaches, with workers covering 40,000 miles annually – almost twice the distance around the world.

Despite this massive effort, around 40% of people in Cornwall say they are not satisfied with how clean their streets are.

Adam Paynter, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “The people of Cornwall are sick of litter and they are fed up of paying to clean up other people’s mess. Despite the fact littering is illegal and carries a fine of £150, some antisocial people are still dropping their rubbish.

“Litter is a blight on Cornwall but it’s not something we can tackle alone. By taking a pledge to leave only footprints, you will be saying enough is enough - Cornwall won’t put up with litter anymore.”

#LitterlessCornwall was launched at Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase Beach this morning by Councillor Paynter and Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member Environment and Public Protection.

Councillor James said: “Litter is a stain our beautiful countryside and beaches, it pollutes the environment and it is a danger to Cornish wildlife. It also costs a lot of taxpayer’s money to clean up – money that could be spent delivering other vital services.

“The solution is simple. If you love Cornwall, sign the pledge to show you care. If you’re out and about, bag and bin your rubbish, making sure you leave only footprints.” 

1)   Choose not to litter. Join the movement to keep Cornwall beautiful by signing the pledge now 

2)   Reduce, reuse and recycle at work, school and in the home.

3)   Set a good example. Help spread the word and share the campaign on social media.

4)   Bag your litter and take it home, or put it in the bin.

5)   Clear up after your dog and dispose of the bag responsibly – don’t let it become litter

6)   Join a local community litter clean up with Clean Cornwall or do a #2MinuteBeachClean