Poll Finds Most Britons Angry Over Shocking Rise in Rubbish on Streets

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22nd June 2012 12:05 - Public Consultation

A nationwide poll for the Daily Mail has revealed the overwhelming consensus amongst Britons that litter is a major problem which needs to be tackled.

A total of 97% of those surveyed view litter as a problem which is damaging their everyday quality of life and 94% are angry at the sight of someone dropping rubbish.

Despite this, more than two-thirds of those polled at 68% claimed they would not challenge litterbugs for fear of a violent reaction.

Meanwhile, 2.3million pieces of litter are dropped on British streets every day, which then needs to be cleaned up by councils at the shocking cost of £885million.

The problem of litter in the UK has increased alarmingly, with the amount of rubbish being dropped on streets rising by 500% since the 1960s. In addition, litter on beaches has increased by a shameful 90% in the past eight years, which causes major damage to local wildlife.

The Daily Mail has initiated a ‘Spring Clean For The Queen’ campaign that ties into the upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The public will be encouraged to take part in a clean-up to tackle Britain’s woeful reputation for having one of the worst litter problems in the developed world.

Last night, the Prime Minister himself joined a long list of celebrities and environmental campaigners who publically support the Daily Mail campaign.

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