Keep Bedford tidy as town tackles ‘careful littering’

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As a survey reveals that more than a quarter of people admit to ‘careful littering’, Bedford Borough Council is joining the Keep Britain Tidy campaign to tackle the problem.

Careful littering is the coffee cup left on a window ledge, or the sandwich wrapper abandoned on a park bench.

A YouGov survey revealed that 27% admitted to this kind of littering.

As part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, floor vinyls, stickers and posters will appear around Bedford town centre to tackle this behaviour.

These will act as a reminder that whether it is ‘carefully’ placed or simply thrown on the floor, it’s #StillLittering.

In a trial of this campaign across the country by Keep Britain Tidy and the People’s Postcode Lottery, areas saw the total amount of litter reduced by a fifth. In some areas, the reduction was up to 57%.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for environment said, “These stickers, posters and vinyls are going up across Bedford town centre to remind people that whether rubbish is ‘carefully’ placed or thrown on the floor, it is still littering.

“We do not tolerate littering, this is enforced by the Councils Environmental Enforcement officers, and has seen over 1,400 fines issued just for littering since the start of 2019.”