2 August 2011
Keep Britain Tidy and The Royal Parks joined forces over
the weekend to highlight the scale of the litter problem in this
country and the cost involved in removing it.
For 48 hours the north east corner of Hyde Park was not
cleaned in order to see how much litter was left by visitors to the
park - and the results were astounding.
Volunteers from Keep Britain Tidy and Love Where You Live
partners McDonald's and Wrigleys, along with the Royal Parks
cleansing contractors, arrived at Hyde Park early Monday morning to
be greeted by rubbish strewn across the experiment area and piled
up around the railings - cigarette butts, remains of food, empty
packaging, bottles, and even used nappies!
After two hours, the team had collected 109 bin bags of
rubbish, weighing over half a tonne!
Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said:
"This experiment holds up a mirror to everyone who uses any park
and does not do the right thing by putting their litter in a bin
or, if there is not a bin or if the bin is full, taking it home
"We know how much people value having green spaces, but it
is up to us all to keep those places clean.
"We want people to show that they love where they live,
work and play by making a small change to make a big
The Royal Parks spends £300,000 a year removing litter
from Hyde Park, with the total cost to councils in England for
clearing up our litter a staggering £885million a year.