Defra publishes litter dashboard to inform future strategy

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Around 30% of people see litter as a problem

Defra has published a new dashboard detailing litter data in the UK from April 2016 to March 2017.

The results will help Defra understand the extent of litter in the UK and form a baseline to determine future policy development.

Research found that around 30% of people see litter as a problem, with 11,900 litter incidents reported in apps such as Love Clean Streets.

Results from the Great British Beach Clean found a shocking 744 items of litter is found per 100 metres of beach on the UK’s coastlines.

In 2016 and 2017, local authorities spent £682m or £29 per household to keep streets clean.

Highways England spends at least £6m a year on collection litter form the Strategic Road Network.

Defra said in order to reduce litter, it wants to “change people’s behaviour, not simply to clean up litter."

It added: "We need to understand how litter affects England. We want to do so in ways that are impartial, affordable and statistically reliable.”

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