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Opportunity for local businesses to clean up their Butts

Opportunity for local businesses to clean up their Butts
Posted : March 26, 2018

Local businesses are being given the opportunity to help tackle the cigarette butt litter issue in Dorset.  Following on from their #BinYourButt campaign last year, Litter Free Dorset have three of the HUBBUB Ballot Bins to give away to local businesses – for free.

Charlie Wild Project Officer, explains; “The Ballot Bins are a fun and simple way to get smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts in a more responsible way rather than just throwing them on the floor. There is a question section at the top of the Ballot Bin. Businesses can put in anything they like – who has better hair; Trump or Putin? Who will win the local football game – team A or team B? Smokers then ‘vote’ with their cigarette butts. It gets people talking, is a bit different from your regular bin, but most importantly ensures cigarette butts end up in the bin and not on the floor.”

The campaign that ran for just over a month at the end of last year in Dorchester, Ferndown and Swanage saw an almost 60% reduction of cigarette related litter compared to the start of the campaign.

Three of the Ballot bins have already been distributed around Dorset, most recently being taken on by the Pursuit of Hoppiness in Bridport.

Charlie said, “We want to help businesses keep this up, and so we are offering these Ballot Bins for free.  The Ballot Bins usually cost £220 plus VAT, so we are very excited to be able to give them away free of charge. There are three left, and want to make sure they go to places that will really make the most of them.”

For any businesses wanting to take advantage of this opportunity get in touch with Litter Free Dorset at: litterfreedorset@dorsetcc.gov.uk or 01305 224833

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Great Dorset Beach Clean 2018

Great Dorset Beach Clean 2018
Posted : March 26, 2018

Local group Litter Free Coast and Sea are back with the 29th annual Great Dorset Beach Clean on the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Beach cleans will be taking place from Lyme Regis all the way along to Friars Cliff, so there will be plenty to choose from.

Last year over 500 volunteers turned out to clear 350 bags of rubbish from Dorset’s beaches. They collected everything from single-use items like plastic bottles and drinks cans, to historical clay pipes and fishing line that had been washed up onto the shoreline.

Matilda Manley, Litter Free Coast & Sea Project Coordinator said “It’s been amazing to see how many more people are wanting to get involved with things like beach cleans over the last year. There is a lot more awareness of marine litter now thanks to programmes like Blue Planet 2, but it’s important to remember that anyone can get involved and do their bit.”

“Beach cleans are great – they only last for a couple of hours, you’re doing something that really makes a difference, you may make new friends all whilst being out along our beautiful Dorset coastline!”

This year there are going to be 17 beach cleans all along the Dorset coast on Saturday April 21st and Sunday 22nd. Full details of the beaches involved and dates and times of each clean can be found on the website at www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk/litter-free-coast-and-sea-week/

Matilda said, “We are expecting this to be our biggest Great Dorset Beach Clean yet. We’re asking people to use the hashtag #GreatDorsetBeachClean to help us like all the stories and photos from the beach cleans. Find your nearest beach clean – or maybe explore a new beach, and be sure to bring your friends and family to help us keep Dorset’s beaches Litter Free.”

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