Stop the Drop, CPRE's national campaign against litter and fly-tipping was launched in April 2008 with intense media interest. CPRE Hampshire has been addressing the problems with fly-tipping since 2006, and more recently we have run litter clean-up campaigns and produced various booklets for schools and communities.
CPRE's National Campaign
Spearheaded by CPRE president Bill Bryson, the national 'Stop the Drop' campaign has thoroughly researched the subject and provided a wealth of information on the issue and what we can all do about it. CPRE estimates that it costs taxpayers over £500m annually to clear our streets. The latest report shows that a deposit-refund scheme on dirnks containers would work and help to address the problem.
Go to the national Stop the Drop pages for further details and to sign up to Bill Bryson's fortnightly campaign newsletter.
Combatting the Litterbugs
Ever wandered around a pretty Hampshire village, only to find your enjoyment spoiled by unsightly litter? You are not alone, which is why CPRE Hampshire are actively involved in helping to fight litter. The top 'drops' are smokers' materials, confectionary and drinks cartons, fast food and snack discards.
Go to our litter action page to read about the issues and what CPRE nationally and CPRE Hampshire are doing about it.
Toolkit for Schools
In 2009, we announced a brand new litter toolkit, designed for use by Schools and children's groups. The project was trialled in summer 2009 by Liss Junior School, near Petersfield, Hampshire as part of its annual Health & Citizenship Week. The 'How to Run a Whole School Litter Campaign' booklet is a comprehensive guide on litter awareness and provides practical activities which encourage young children to understand the problem of litter and the harm it can do to wildlife and the environment.
Keep Your Village Tidy
In order to encourage litter action in rural Hampshire, CPRE has teamed up with the Big Tidy Up (a Keep Britain Tidy campaign) to offer financial support for local groups that are either currently undertaking litter initiatives, or for those who wish to start tackling litter issues in their area. There is also a Parish Toolkit that gives useful advice on what you can do to clean up your environment.
Become a 'Fly-Spotter'
Did you know that there are over 1 million incidents of fly-tipping each year but that doesn't include all the rubbish dumped on farmland and woodland? As part of our ongoing work to address the problem of rural fly-tipping, CPRE Hampshire has partnered with several other organisations to address the problem in a more concerted way. In 2009 we ran 12 pilot projects across East Hampshire which assessed the problems on private farmland. We are seeking volunteer 'fly-spotters' across the county to report fly-tippping incidents.
Bring Back The Returnable Bottle
A public opinion poll commissioned by CPRE has found that 82% of people support a bottle return deposit system. CPRE has released two reports on the subject: 1) From waste to work: the potential for a deposit refund system to create jobs in the UK and 2) Have We Got The Bottle: Implementing a deposit refund scheme in the UK. These reports show that such schemes would cost little to set up, would generate revenue to support most of its own running costs and could create 4,000 new jobs. It's just one way that more recycling can reduce the need for landfill, make better use of resources and reduce the problem of litter.
See also Recycling pages
Making The Most of Waste
So what happens to all our waste when it doesn't depoil our countryside? To avoid increasing the burden on landfill, a good option is to use energy and materials recovery facilities. Hampshire has four such facilities in total (Alton, Portsmouth, Chineham and Marchwood). Our Walks and Talks programme has included visits to some of them
This page last updated 7th December 2011.