The UK Government has today (March 9) announced funding awards for a range of innovative projects designed to tackle litter louts in local communities, with the first round of awards of almost £125,000 going to a number of councils, charities, businesses, and public projects across the UK.
Successful projects to receive grants of up to £10,000 from the Litter Innovation Fund (LIF) include developing bins which prevent seagulls from scattering litter on beaches and working with river users to reduce plastic getting into rivers, helping to tackle the issue of litter getting into the marine environment.
Speaking about the awards, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:
“We want to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it and these innovative new projects will help reduce the amount of litter which so often plagues our streets, parks, countryside, rivers and marine environment.”
The funding builds on the Government’s wider Litter Strategy for England, as well as the recent launch of the 25 Year Environment Plan setting out how Government will protect and enhance our natural environment.