18 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 Don’t Trash Our Future Time to consign litter louts to the rubbish bin of history EVERYONE hates litter. And for more than 50 years, countries, cities and communities have waged war on the filthy litterbugs who shame our streets and parks. Who can forget ‘Keep Britain Tidy’? Then came ‘Don’t be a Litterbug’, ‘Be A Binner Not A Sinner’ and ‘Let’s Get Bitter About Litter.’ And The Golden Skip prize goes to Australia for the crudebut-cracking ‘Don’t Be A Tosser’ campaign that went worldwide. So much effort. So much creativity. Yet still so much filth and debris making lives miserable. But now, more than ever before, we can consign litter louts to the rubbish bin of history. In Your Area has nearly four million users across the UK. We operate in, and have users in, every single UK postcode district. Which means we have a huge army of people who care and can make things happen. So today, on behalf of 4m people, we say: DON’T TRASH OUR FUTURE and we demand the punishment for littering is raised to a £1,000 fine or 100 hours of supervised community litter picking. And we insist that it’s compulsory for local authorities to enforce the law. How do we make this reality? Simply sign our petition and at 100,000 signatures we will call for it be considered for a debate in Parliament. And with 4m voices behind us we will lobby MPs and ministers to drive through real change that makes things cleaner, healthier and more beautiful In Your Area. Together we can win – and ensure those who don’t have respect for our streets, fields and pathways Don’t Trash our Future. Ed Walker, Editor-in-Chief InYourArea.co.uk Join us in the fight to tackle the country’s litter epidemic R – and society generally – will no longer tolerate this antisocial and selfish behaviour. “In addition, we also need to ensure fines are a credible deterrent, by making it compulsory for councils to enforce the law, which currently it’s not.” Journalist and television presenter Jeremy Paxman is Clean Up Britain’s patron. He said: “There is only one sustainable and effective solution to littering: changing the behaviour of people who do it. Nothing else will work. “It pollutes the environment. It’s dangerous to humans and animals. “It depresses people because mucky surroundings make them feel worthless. It’s expensive – councils across the UK spend over a billion pounds a year trying to clean it up.” The campaign has also received the backing of broadcaster and animal rights campaigner Clare Balding and her partner Alice Arnold. Together, they said: “It’s very sad to see so much litter in this country, both in the countryside and in urban areas. “It has a demoralising effect on all of us and, also, has a very negative impact on animals. “A shocking reflection of this is that RSPCA vets, last year, treated over 5,000 cases of animals who’ve been injured by, ingested or become trapped by litter. “We hope the Clean Up Britain and InYourArea national campaign, Don’t Trash Our Future, will change the attitudes and behaviour of people who do litter, and make us all take more care of the naturally beautiful country we are fortunate to share together.” UBBISH strewn across beaches, carpets of detritus left behind in city centres, discarded packaging dumped in parks for someone else to deal with. These are all scenes that have become too familiar during the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the UK but which have their root in a much more long-term problem – the UK’s litter epidemic. Today we are standing up to it, and urging you to do the same, with our new campaign Don’t Trash Our Future. The News & Mail, together with local community and information platform InYourArea.co.uk and our nationwide network of sister newspapers and websites, have teamed up with Clean Up Britain to push for changes we believe will leave no choice but for both irresponsible litter louts and the authorities who have the power to enforce the law but so often don’t to take long-lasting action. Our campaign has two aims: To increase the maximum punishment for littering to a £1,000 fine or 100 hours of supervised community litter picking; To make it compulsory for local authorities to enforce the law on littering. We are urging you to sign our petition (inyourarea.co.uk/DTOF) to see it – with the aim of reaching 100,000 signatures so we can lobby the Government to change the legislation and shed the country of its long-held reputation as a litter-plagued nation. We’re also calling on councils to flex their muscles in the fight against rubbish and make far better use of the powers they already have available. A Freedom of Information request sent by Clean Up Britain to 169 councils in England and Wales found the majority (56%) were issu- Meet our ambassador JB Gill, 32, rose to fame as a member of one of the UK’s biggest boybands, JLS. Four years ago, JB set up a farm in the Kent countryside, where he lives with his wife, Chloe, four-year-old son, Ace and sevenmonth-old daughter, Chiara. Their smallholding successfully produces award winning KellyBronze turkeys and free-range Tamworth pork. Now an established member of the farming community, JB has used his success within the entertainment industry to highlight his passion to educate children about the origins of their food and he is the lead presenter on CBeebies’ BAFTAnominated television series, Down On The Farm. JB’s enthusiasm for farming life and knowledge of countryside issues has seen him regularly contribute to BBC’s Countryfile and Springwatch. JB Gill is supporting the Don’t Trash Our Future campaign ■ JOSEPH RAYNOR Britain. There has to be zero tolerance towards littering. “Littering is symptomatic of a lack of pride in our local communities, and a lack of respect for other people and the environment generally. “This campaign is about challenging and reversing these negative sentiments, and saying enough is enough. “Let’s be grateful for what we have, take care of our country and, above all, ‘Don’t Trash Our Future’.” Mr Read added: “The Government needs to start getting serious about confronting people who litter. “It’s a criminal offence to litter and it needs to be treated that way. “Fines need to be increased to a level which shows the Government and wildlife is to sign the Don’t Trash our Future petition, object to local councils not enforcing fines and demand a higher penalty for those dropping litter.” John Read, founder of Clean Up Britain, said: “Clean Up Britain is very excited to be running the Don’t Trash Our Future campaign with InYourArea.co.uk “We know from the countless people who contact us that there is a huge desire – from people all over the country – to try and solve the litter epidemic. “We are all so fortunate to live in a beautiful country, but equally, it’s so depressing to see so many people littering it. “This has to stop, as ing less than one fine per week for littering and more than two dozen (16%) don’t issue fines at all. In a recent survey conducted by InYourArea.co.uk, more than 7,500 respondents overwhelmingly said littering has a negative effect on them and their neighbourhoods and classed it as a big problem. JB Gill, a former member of superstar pop group JLS who is now a passionate advocate for education and the countryside, has signed up as an ambassador for Don’t Trash Our Future. He said: “It’s great to see that people recognise that litter is a public health concern and a major problem. The only way to stop the damage being done to our health, nature ■ it shames PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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