Tom Brake backs new campaign to keep Sutton tidy

October 6, 2011 12:53 PM

A new campaign has launched to reduce the amount of litter on Britain's streets. The Love Where You Live campaign has been set up to help make areas where we live and work cleaner, and is looking to work with over three thousand organisations over the next three years to drastically reduce the amount of litter over the country.

MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake has thrown his weight behind the campaign, and is encouraging people in Sutton to get involved and organise clean ups throughout the Borough.

He said: "Large amounts of litter have very real consequences for our health, the environment and the appearance of our communities. I'm pleased to see that the Love Where You Live campaign is looking to address this problem."

In a recent survey, 20% of people living in Sutton and across the capital said that cleaning up litter was their priority for improving the quality of the environment. Given that it costs on average between 50p and £2 to remove a single piece of chewing gum from Sutton's streets, the time people give up to volunteer is invaluable.

Tom added: "By backing this campaign and giving up just a few minutes of our time to clean up the litter around us, we can go far towards eliminating this eye sore. Small actions can lead to big change."

The Love Where You Live campaign will be celebrated with a day of action on the 17th October. Whether taking part in a litter pick outside the office, weeding in a community garden or organising a 'Big Tidy Up' in the local area, people will be able to form part of a national movement to make Britain cleaner.

For more information about the campaign and about how to get involved with the Love Where You Live day of action, visit www.lovewhereyoulive.org. The website also has detailed listings of clean ups going on across the country.

If you would like to get involved litter picking in Sutton, call 020 8770 5070 or email Mick Carter at mick.carter@sutton.gov.uk.

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