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If you live in the UK or other low-leakage countries the best thing you can do is to prevent littering.

As litter travels to waterways, it's essential we all:

  • Use the bin — not the gutter, not the river, not the pavement nor the highway.

  • If you see some litter and you're near a bin: pick it up.

  • If the bin is full, find another one or take your litter home.


This also applies to flushing items down the toilet — wet wipes, cotton tips, sanitary items etc. — should not be flushed down the toilet. These can cause trouble for the environment and the sewage system (and may leave you with an expensive plumbing bill).


Another great way to help is to join a local beach clean or neighbourhood clean-up.


Report overflowing bins in your local areas. Most local councils have an option for you to do this on their website, some councils even have apps to help you. If you’re not sure which council you are in you can use this website to find out.

If you’re thinking of starting your own project to help, check out our NGO page for ideas.


If you live in a high-leakage country you can:

  • Implement best practice waste management systems.

    • Waste Aid - provides sharing of best practice. You can get involved by joining the 

    • Plastic Bank - monetises waste in countries where waste is escaping into the ocean.

  • Talk to your local government about waste infrastructure.

  • Support local anti-littering campaigns.

  • Dispose of your material responsibly.

Two girls puting litter into a bag
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