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'No progress has been made in cleaning our streets', according to report

Levels of litter on our streets remain unchanged, according to a report by charity Keep Wales Tidy.

The report looks at local environmental quality issues and this year's report highlights the presence of recyclable plastics irresponsibly littered on our streets, including drinks bottles which were found on 11.7% of streets surveyed.

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Highlights of the report included:

  • Litter dropped by pedestrians remains the most common source of litter
  • Smoking-related litter was recorded on 80.3% of streets
  • Dog fouling was recorded on 8.6% of streets - the lowest figure to date
  • Confectionery (54.1%) and fast food litter (18%) are at similar levels to last year

After seeing promising signs last year, this report shows that levels of litter have plateaued.

As a country we shouldn't settle for this - we all need to recognise the far-reaching impacts of littering and care for our environment together.

Waste and litter issues have been highlighted extensively in the media in recent months, particularly plastics and packaging.

These can make their way into our marine environment and cause significant damage to ecosystems as well as impacting negatively on our vulnerable coastal communities.

– Jemma Bere, Policy and Research Manager, Keep Wales Tidy

It has been estimated that around 80% of marine debris comes from land-based sources.

'How Clean Are Our Streets?', funded by Welsh Government, will be launched at a national forum of local authority stakeholders who will discuss the challenges and solutions to some of the issues highlighted in the report.