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Nearly 20,000 people join the Mail's 'Great Plastic Pick up'

Over the weekend, nearly 20,000 people attended 1,104 community-led litter picks in the UK.

The nation's biggest litter picking weekend aimed to raise awareness of plastic waste and to help eradicate it once and for all. Schools, youth groups, the Women's Institute and martial arts clubs came together to show their support for the Mail's campaign, ran in partnership with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The pick up, which started on Friday 11 and ended Sunday 13 May, is part of a decade-long campaign to highlight the danger plastic rubbish poses to the environment.

In just three days, the campaign saw:

  • 2 million plastic bottles collected for recycling
  • Enough litter collected to fill 17,000 wheelie bins
  • 120,000 bags of plastic bottles, aluminium and waste cleaned from the streets of Britain

Ted Verity, the Daily Mail’s deputy editor, said: "Everyone at the Mail is enormously grateful to the army of readers and volunteers who came out to join the fight against plastic waste this weekend. We are tremendously proud of this campaign and we were delighted to see people of all ages, from communities all across the country come together behind this cause. It was a truly fantastic effort, with millions of pieces of plastic litter collected and we hope that the event will have a lasting impact on the way Britain thinks about plastic."

Prime Minister Theresa May joined a school litter pick in Maidenhead on Friday, while Environmental Secretary Michael Gove joined a litter pick in Richmond Park. Labour MP Mary Creagh, who chairs the cross-party environmental audit committee, also got involved in Wakefield. Their involvement in the campaign demonstrated that tackling waste is a non-partisan cause which transcends political differences. TV presenters Kirstie Allsopp and Julia Bradbury also took part over the weekend.

Schools and communities were encouraged to share their litter-picking photos to be in with a chance of winning one of three community makeovers worth up to £10,000 each.

by Jessie Sampson 16/05/18

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