The £1bn cost of street littering

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A NEW report from Wigan-based environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy suggests the cost of littering in England totals £1bn a year.

A significant part of this is attributable to removing litter but this does not take into account the indirect costs of litter – social, environmental and economic.

For example, the contribution of litter to crime in England is estimated to cost up to £328m a year. The figure is based on evidence associated with litter as a causal factor in crime. KBT recently revealed that areas that were more littered were more likely to correlate with higher levels of crime.

The report also looked at the material value of litter being lost to the economy. If we recycled 50 per cent of items littered it would have an economic value of at least £14.8m.