Litter Free Dorset’s annual challenge gets underway

THE Litter Free Dorset Challenge has returned this May, with 177 Dorset residents taking part in litter-picking challenges of their choosing over the course of the month, working to clean up their local areas prior to the summer season.

This year’s challenge will see people of all ages taking part, with 70% of participants challneging themselves to take part in 10 litter pickers throughout the duration of May.

Others have opted to take part in a 10-minutes a day challenge, a 10-hours over the course of one day challenge, or have made up their own challenges.

Individuals are fundraising for Litter Free Dorset which will help towards running the challenge again in 2023, while helping fund other projects and campaigns to prevent litter at source, reducing litter levels across the county.

You can donate to Litter Free Dorset here.

By taking part, challengers will be able to have some fun exploring their local areas while making a difference to how their outdoor spaces look and feel – positively impacting people’s mental health while benefiting our local wildlife.

Participants will also have the opportunity to provide litter data about the amount and/or types of plastic collected to the Preventing Plastic Pollution project to help inform solutions to tackle plastic pollution long term.

Amanda Arnold, Preventing Plastic Pollution researcher, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting the Litter Free Dorset Challenge again in 2022.

“The more information gathered by volunteers on the types and quantities of litter in our environment, the better our ability to identify where it is coming from and the more likely we can create lasting solutions to stem the flow of plastics entering our rivers and seas.”

To support challengers, Litter Free Dorset has created a Facebook group for participants to share their progress with their individual challenges and receive support from each other as well as the public.

Sophie Colley, Litter Free Dorset’s co-ordinator, said: “Taking part in this year’s litter challenge? Share your finds and photographs to social media and tag in Litter Free Dorset and the Preventing Plastic Pollution project for a chance to be featured on our social media.

“Use the hashtag #LFDChallenge to make sure we don’t miss your posts. Good luck with your challenge and a big thanks in advance for your litter picking efforts!

“Missed out on signing up to the #LFDChallenge? Don’t worry, we hope to be able to run another challenge next year! In the meantime, check out our local litter picking groups page on the Litter Free Dorset website to find a litter picking group near you that you can get involved with!”

This Litter Free Dorset Challenge initiative is supported by Queen Mary University of London and co-financed by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme through the Preventing Plastic Pollution project.

For more information and to follow the challenge, please check out the Litter Free Dorset Challenge website.

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