Families, schools, workplaces and communities are today being asked to help make Britain beautiful.
The Daily Mail is recruiting an army of public-spirited readers to start the fightback against the litter blighting our towns and countryside.
Sir David Attenborough, politicians, charities and even the United Nations are throwing their weight behind the Great British Spring Clean.
Young volunteers clean up their patch in Cheshire. Today the Mail is proud to announce our national campaign to get Britain picking up plastic litter is back — and bigger and better than ever
Keep Britain Tidy wants to enlist half a million volunteers – after signing up 370,000 last year.
Readers are urged to band together to collect and dispose of discarded rubbish in their neighbourhood, recycling as much as possible.
The initiative builds on the success of the Mail’s Great Plastic Pick Up last year, which was backed by 20,000 readers and our NHS volunteer drive, which attracted 30,000 more.
Participants from the ‘Love North Chingford Group’ pose with their haul of rubbish found in their local area of Chingford, London, for last year’s campaign
Sir David, who has highlighted the plastic scourge on BBC’s Blue Planet II, said last night: ‘It’s very important for people to take care of the environment and I support your efforts to do so.’
Actor and comedian Sir Michael Palin added: ‘The Great British Spring Clean is something we should all support. We have a beautiful country, blessed with a rich and varied natural life. But it needs looking after. We’ve all seen what happens to plastics and waste in our seas. It’s our duty to keep them off our land too.’
The Mail has been campaigning for a cleaner environment for more than a decade, lobbying to ban toxic microbeads, for charges on plastic bags and for a plastic bottle deposit return scheme.
A shocking 30million tons of litter are collected from the streets each year at a cost to councils of an estimated £1billion.
Environment minister Therese Coffey said Britons needed to break the habit of discarding litter.
Pupils from St Luke’s School in Newham, East London, took part in last year’s campaign to clean up litter from their local area
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘The Great British Spring Clean is an inspiring initiative that seeks to tackle the scourge of plastics that plagues our environment, while at the same time bringing together communities in the process.’
Allison Ogden-Newton of Keep Britain Tidy said: ‘Today sees the launch of Keep Britain Tidy’s biggest mass-action campaign in the charity’s 60-year history and we are proud to be doing it in partnership with the Daily Mail.
‘As the country’s best-loved environmental charity, we fight for a cleaner environment on people’s doorsteps. The Great British Spring Clean is the way everyone can get involved and make a difference.’
The Great British Spring Clean will run between March 22 and April 23. Register at gbspringclean.org.
How you can clean up Britain: Last year 20,000 wonderful Mail readers joined our campaign to clean up litter blighting the UK’s towns, countryside and coast. This year we want TEN TIMES as many, and it couldn’t be easier to sign up
By COLIN FERNANDEZ for the Daily Mail
Today the Mail is proud to announce our national campaign to get Britain picking up plastic litter is back — and bigger and better than ever.
The plastic pick-up — in partnership with charity Keep Britain Tidy, and endorsed by a host of naturalists including David Attenborough, the Prime Minister and even the UN — was a phenomenal success last year and a credit to our wonderful army of dedicated readers who made a real difference.
More than 20,000 people filled 17,000 wheelie bins with rubbish and picked up two million plastic bottles for recycling over one weekend.
No sign of life: A very optimistic fisherman on the banks of the plastic-clogged River Calder at Stanley Ferry
But there’s more to be done. The scourge of plastic is still infesting our streets. Taxpayers spend £800 million every year to clear up after thoughtless litter louts and fly-tippers, and the system is struggling to cope.
That’s why this year we are supporting The Great British Spring Clean — which will take place between March 22 and April 23 — and are asking you to join with friends, family, colleagues, schools and faith groups to tackle the blight and turn the tide on plastic.
Last year, 370,000 people took part in the Spring Clean. We hope to have half a million people picking up plastic this year.
You can make such a difference by sparing just a few hours to pick up plastic in your area.
Schools can also do their part and there’s even fantastic prizes to be won (see box below) — turn to pages 8 and 9 to see how two of last year’s winners used theirs.
To sign up, just log on to gbspringclean.org.
Slim pickings: Ponies search for fodder among traffic cones, washing machines and tyres dumped at the roadside near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales
This year, the Great British Spring Clean is bigger and better than ever. It is launching today, and the pick-up itself is running for an entire month — from March 22 to April 23.
We have got more than 300 local authorities on board supplying equipment and arranging for safe disposal of the collected rubbish and recyclable plastic and metal.
Communities will come together in small groups or as individuals on any day during that month to pick up rubbish, with the specific mission to remove the plastic that so often ends up in the ocean.
Bottles are strewn by the roadside near Rugby, Warwickshire. This year, the Great British Spring Clean is bigger and better than ever. It is launching today, and the pick-up itself is running for an entire month — from March 22 to April 23
How do I sign up?
Visit gbspringclean.org where you will find all of the information you need and all the details to join in — you just need to provide your name, address and an email.
Anyone can get involved (though children should be joined by a responsible adult). There are three ways you can help:
1. You can pledge to contribute to the campaign as an individual by picking up as much litter as you like, whenever you like, at any point during the month-long campaign.
2. You can organise a clean-up with friends, neighbours or a community group. Why not organise a litter pick with your workplace, place of worship or book club? It couldn’t be easier.
3. You can join an organised clean-up group in your area. In the coming weeks, groups will be set up and their details added to an interactive online map. Click on the map to find out details and let the organiser know you’ll be joining.
If there’s no group in your area, sign up anyway to pledge your support and we’ll keep you informed about the campaign in the coming weeks. New clean-ups will be appearing on the site every day so you can always go back and see if one has been set up near you at any time.
What we don’t like to see beside the seaside: A roundabout littered with plastic bags and other rubbish in the coastal town of Jaywick
How can I join the clean-up?
First, sign up at gbspringclean.org. You just need to be able to pick up litter during the month — even one piece per day makes a difference.
How do I register a group clean-up?
If you’re keen to organise a group of friends, family or work colleagues, just select the private group option when registering at gbspringclean.org.
This means you will have access to a comprehensive guide with step-by-step information on how to organise your pick-up, where to do it and advice on running a successful pick-up and ensuring everyone stays safe.
We are also urging hosts to return to the website after each event to let us know how much litter was collected and how many volunteers were involved.
Because your event is private, only people you invite will be able to join. You can organise as many clean-ups as you want between March 22 and April 23 at any number of locations, dates and times.
River of rubbish: A magpie perches above plastic detritus on the River Taff near Cardiff Bay
Calling all schools!
One lucky school that joins the Great British Spring Clean will win £1,000 of Wilko products.
In March and April last year more than 126,000 schoolchildren came out in force to support the campaign, doing clean-ups in their grounds and surrounding areas, sending a strong message to children that everyone can make a difference by picking litter.
This year we are calling on schools across the country to join the clean-up party, starting with the Great Big School Clean day of action on March 22, the first day of the Great British Spring Clean.
All of the schools that take part will be entered into a draw to win the £1,000 prize. If you can’t do your clean-up on that day, don’t worry — you can do a Great Big School Clean on any date up to April 23 and your results will count.
This year we’re hoping to get more pupils than ever. It’s easy: just join up at gbspringclean.org, where you can also get access to lots of great resources and useful guides about how to do a safe and successful school clean-up.
If you’re a parent, grandparent or carer, cut out this box and give it to your child’s teachers.
How do I join an existing clean-up?
Go to gbspringclean.org and search our interactive map to find a public clean-up in your area.
Once you register to ‘join the clean-up’ an email will be sent to the event organiser containing your details.
They will then liaise with you directly about the clean-up, including timings and any equipment needed.
What happens when I register?
When you sign up to the Great British Spring Clean you can keep track of everything on your own online ‘dashboard’. This is your own space where you can add clean-ups, find useful guides and see what to do with your rubbish. This is also where you can record the results of your clean-up.
What about equipment?
If you need equipment — litter-pickers, high-vis vests, bags, gloves — your local authority may be able to help you as many will let you borrow the equipment. Just say: ‘I am planning to take part in a community litter-pick, can I ask about borrowing some litter-pickers please?’
Or you will find all the equipment for sale at Wilko stores across the UK and wilko.com from February 4. Visit gbspringclean.org for more information.
What can’t I pick up?
Never pick up needles — let the event organiser know about them and they will contact the council to remove them.
Also leave broken glass and large fly-tipped items — let your local council know instead. Do not attempt a pick-up near busy roads.
How do I share?
Aim to recruit friends, family or colleagues to join you — this is a great way to spend time together and enjoy some fresh air.
Follow Keep Britain Tidy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or subscribe on YouTube to keep track of what others are doing and share posts from your own account, using the hashtag #GBSpringClean to inspire others to take part.
Floating menace: Two swans warily eye a bag of rubbish on the Manchester Ship Canal
What happens to the litter?
We are asking all volunteers to separate the litter they find into three bags for recycling:
- One for plastic bottles (which can be easily recycled)
- One for aluminium cans (also highly recyclable)
- One for all other rubbish
What happens then will vary from local authority to local authority. The website will be updated regularly as local authorities let us know how they want to deal with the rubbish you collect.
Even if you live many miles from the nearest beach, you can be confident your efforts will be helping protect the oceans from the scourge of plastic rubbish.
What happens afterwards?
Count up and photograph the bags you collect. You can post these pictures with the #GBSpringClean hashtag.
Group organisers should go back to gbspringclean.org to log the numbers of bags and volunteers and upload photos.
The Mail is funding a prize of £10,000 to the individual, small business or charity making the greatest strides in creating sustainable alternatives to plastic or providing creative solutions for reusing plastic goods.
We’re looking for inventions, eco-friendly alternatives or ingenious ‘life-hacks’. One runner-up will receive £1,000.
We’re also offering prizes to three children (under the age of 14) who are judged to have made the most significant contribution to litter collecting over the course of at least a year. They will win £1,000 plus a fun UK holiday for their family.
Both competitions will be judged by a panel comprising representatives from the Daily Mail and Keep Britain Tidy and TV presenter and keen rambler Julia Bradbury.
To enter, explain in no more than 100 words why you or your nominee should win the prize, and include pictures. Please send your entry before Saturday, April 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Great British Spring Clean Competitions, Daily Mail Marketing, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry St, London W8 5TT. Terms and conditions apply, see page 63.
Visit dailymail.co.uk/springcleancomp for information. By entering, you agree to publicity in Mail publications.
Tidy up changed our lives: We’ve got brilliant prizes for our campaign – be inspired to join last year’s winners
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
During the 2018 Great Plastic Pick Up, the Daily Mail offered an incredible series of prizes — £10,000 each to three communities, to be spent on transforming their areas.
The prizes were fiercely contested, with 726 groups making an entry.
While it was hard to make their decision, the judges decided to award one prize to an inner-city group in Staffordshire and another to a beach in Cornwall.
The third went to a beauty spot in South Wales. There was also a special award for the top litter-picking school.
Here, we highlight the impact the prizes have had. Read our winners’ stories, then sign up for this year’s Pick Up.
We can turn plastic litter into a profit
A gang of 42 volunteers turned out last May for the Mail’s Great Plastic Pick Up to help clear the market town of Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire.
By the end of the day, they had recorded a massive 27 bags of rubbish and nine of recyclable plastic.
The hard-working team of organisers were chosen for one of our cash prizes due to the size of their pick-up and because the judges were impressed with their plans to recycle the plastic they had found to create useful items for local groups and schools.
A gang of 42 volunteers turned out last May for the Mail’s Great Plastic Pick Up to help clear the market town of Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire
Uttoxeter resident Kate Copeland, 33, who heads the town’s push to banish litter and reduce plastic waste, says the team were thrilled with the news.
The group built an eco-centre in the town, which opened in November 2018.
The prize money is being put towards the refurbishment of an additional workshop and machinery that will allow volunteers to turn black plastic food packaging — which cannot be accepted by a lot of household recycling — into reusable coffee cups, rulers, clipboards, bowls and plant pots, as well as recycled plastic paving blocks for the community gardens in the town.
FROM THIS: By the end of the day, they had recorded a massive 27 bags of rubbish and nine of recyclable plastic
TO THIS: We did it! Kate Copeland (with wheelbarrow) and friends at the new eco-centre. The group built an eco-centre in the town, which opened in November 2018
Kate says: ‘While we wait for the machinery to arrive, we are getting the workshop ready and building up quite a substantial collection of plastic ready to be shredded.’
The team plan to sell the products they make and put the money towards funding a course for the community on recycling, litter-picking and plastic disposal.
‘Our aim is to raise awareness so that we can keep the whole of Staffordshire clear of litter and waste plastic,’ says Kate.
‘The Mail’s campaign really galvanised the community.’
Our school trip to meet penguins- and Chris Packham
Last year, the Mail offered a fabulous prize to the best school involved with the Great Plastic Pick Up. It was tough to pick just one from the 150 entrants.
But, ultimately, one stood out for its incredible efforts. As well as collecting 20 bags of rubbish for the Great Plastic Pick Up last year, the children from Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, regularly go on litter-picks.
So, on September 12, 88 children jumped on buses provided by the Daily Mail for a trip to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, escorted by TV naturalist and wildlife campaigner Chris Packham.
Chris sat with the children as they ate their packed lunches and took the chance to point out items of single-use plastic they had with them. ‘I hid my plastic drinks bottle so Chris didn’t see it,’ confessed one pupil
‘We were so thrilled when we found out we’d won,’ says teacher Kerry Wheatley. ‘There was a real buzz in the school.’
The children met Chris and heard him give a talk on plastic pollution and its impact on marine life. He then joined them in touring the site, chatting as they walked through the glass ‘ocean tunnel’ and watched penguins being fed.
For 11-year-old Keiran, it was a dream come true. ‘My mum calls me Dr Dolittle because I’m so obsessed with animals,’ he says. I was very excited to visit Sea Life. We saw turtles, angelfish and even sharks!’
He and Chris appear to have got on famously. ‘We talked a lot about sharks and he told me that octopuses don’t have teeth, but use their really sharp beaks to eat,’ says Keiran. ‘My best bit was when he told me that parrotfish make a bubble of snot to deter their predators.’
Chris sat with the children as they ate their packed lunches and took the chance to point out items of single-use plastic they had with them. ‘I hid my plastic drinks bottle so Chris didn’t see it,’ confessed one pupil.
As well as collecting 20 bags of rubbish for the Great Plastic Pick Up last year, the children from Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, regularly go on litter-picks
Following the trip, the teachers encouraged pupils to practise their writing by sending letters to Costa Coffee, highlighting the evils of single-use coffee cups; to the local cinema (which doesn’t recycle its plastic); and to the council, to request more bins in the town.
They also wrote to Sea Life, thanking it for the visit and pointing out how the amount of plastic used in food packaging at the attraction could be reduced.
‘The event really changed things here,’ says teacher Gary Smith. ‘We’ve had plastic recycling bins put in the classrooms and staffroom and invited the council in to talk to the children about the cost of clearing up litter.’
‘You can be sure that we will be preparing to get our litter-pickers out once more for the Great British Spring Clean to help make Ilkeston look great!’
New safest steps for a slippery path
The sands at Tregantle in south east Cornwall are a favourite dog-walking spot for 35-year-old Craig Brook-Hewitt — but the beach’s proximity to Plymouth means plastic rubbish from the town and out at sea is continually being washed ashore.
Craig says: ‘In the Great Plastic Pick Up last May, we cleared 45 bags of rubbish, some two tons of plastic rope and masses of fishing equipment.’
This impressed the Keep Britain Tidy judges, who awarded the crew a £10,000 prize.
Craig and his team plan to use the cash to make beach access safer, with steps and handrails along a stretch of the slippery access path, and to install seagull-proof bins made from recycled plastic.
Craig and his team plan to use the cash to make beach access safer, with steps and handrails along a stretch of the slippery access path, and to install seagull-proof bins made from recycled plastic
‘It’s time for ALL of us to clear up Dustbin Britain’: JEREMY PAXMAN issues rallying cry as Mail launches this year’s great clean up
By JEREMY PAXMAN for the Daily Mail
Jeremy Paxman, pictured, has issued a rallying cry for all of us to start clearing up dustbin Britain
It’s all Nathaniel Wyeth’s fault. You may, perhaps, have heard of his brother, the painter Andrew Wyeth, who is far more likely to pop up in a University Challenge question than his geeky sibling.
If you are a real enthusiast for American art, you may even have heard of his artist father or his artist sisters. But it is the quiet scientist, Nathaniel, who has had the biggest impact on the planet.
Nathaniel Wyeth used to call himself ‘the unknown one’, to mark out his obscurity in comparison with his famous artist family. He spent most of his adult life as a research scientist drone in a multinational chemical company.
And in doing that he changed all our lives.
You can spend your whole life in contented ignorance of his family’s paintings. But you will assuredly see uncountable numbers of Nathaniel’s contribution to modern life.
For while The Beatles were recording Sergeant Pepper in 1967, Nathaniel Wyatt was wondering whether fizzy drinks could be carried around in lightweight containers. It took him a few years in a DuPont lab to get the design and chemical formula right, but by 1973 he had invented and patented the plastic bottle.
Nathaniel Wyatt retired soon after, having given the world a sort of freedom. And how we loved it!
One of the characteristics of modern life is how much of it is lived on the move.
‘Shall I grab us a couple of coffees?’ a colleague shouts, before returning with a disposable container which magically doesn’t leak. If you have time for them, lunches are eaten in cars, supper is a sandwich on a train.
Plastic bottles, plastic tops and linings to coffee cups and plastic wrappings on food make life liveable. Last year alone, we used more than 13 billion plastic bottles in Britain.
We have somehow turned this useful substance into a blight on the planet which is doing far more damage than machine guns ever did. Pictured: a seal who got a plastic frisbee stuck around her neck, causing a deep incision
There is nothing inherently wrong with synthetic plastic. When the Victorian scientist Alexander Parkes invented the first man-made plastic he wasn’t setting out to make a killing machine, like his fellow resident of South Norwood cemetery, Hiram Maxim, creator of the machine gun.
But we have somehow turned this useful substance into a blight on the planet which is doing far more damage than machine guns ever did.
Once upon a time, plastic was full of promise. It was cheap and light and could be made into just about any shape. It was waterproof and protected food from contamination. In the early days, it was even seen as an instrument of female liberation because women no longer needed some simian male to lift things for them.
How did it all go wrong?
It didn’t happen by chance. We made it go wrong, because we’re stupid and idle and thoughtless. It’s too easy to blame manufacturers of sweet, fizzy drinks for the problem.
For sure, we should all do something to persuade the dimwits at drink companies to think of containers that won’t trouble our great-grandchildren. If Coca-Cola is part of the problem, it’s unlikely to be part of the solution.
But litter isn’t their problem. It’s ours. It is not the manufacturers who chuck the empty bottles onto the roadside. It is us. Someone you know is almost certainly an anti-social yob. It’s reckoned that over half of Britain’s plastic bottles end up being recycled. Which means that nearly half of them are not. Billions of plastic bottles are, therefore, being tipped into the ground, burned, or left to contaminate the countryside.
How did it all go wrong? It didn’t happen by chance. We made it go wrong, because we’re stupid and idle and thoughtless. Pictured: a mallard duck entangled in plastic in Richmond Park, south west London
Think back to the places you loved as a child — fields, hills, rivers or parks. If you experienced them before Dr Wyeth made his discovery in the Sixties, you probably recall them looking much the same as they had for generations. Perhaps for centuries.
Today, unless you are lucky enough to have a conscientious local authority or team of litter volunteers, the place you fondly remember is likely to be strewn with rubbish. Beauty spots have an odd effect on some people, causing them to create ugliness. Weirdly, homo sapiens seems to have developed an urge to foul his own nest.
We have all seen the photos of dogs, cats, turtles suffering pain or starvation after being snared or poisoned by waste plastics, whether bottles, jars, fishing nets or even, sometimes, fibres of plastic so small that they are virtually invisible to the human eye. We may not kill them intentionally, yet as a species we do it anyway.
Plastic on the ground gets washed into watercourses and then rivers, and from there into the sea. Those plastic bottles along the tide-line at your favourite beach could have come from more-or-less anywhere.
In fact, last year, a Mail investigation, headlined ‘Dustbin of the World’, revealed that plastic items washed up on a Cornish beach had come from as far afield as North Korea and Florida.
Not only that, one toy plastic ship discovered in the Arctic recently started life in a British cereal packet in 1958 — proof, if proof were needed, that plastic is designed to be well-nigh indestructible. That’s why areas like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an enormous expanse of ocean roughly twice the size of France, survives from year to year, with rubbish washing from one side of the ocean to the other. And that is just what we can see.
Plastic pollution is now so widespread that, as Frank Kelly, professor of environmental health at King’s College, London, revealed in the Mail only a few months ago, we are now all breathing in microscopic particles of plastic, with no idea of what they may be doing to us.
Environmentalists often sound like their own worst enemies, because they have spent so long crying ‘wolf’ that one might as well grind their sandals to dust and mould them into earplugs.
So what if they predict — as they do — that within 30 years there will be a greater volume of plastic in the sea than there will be fish? Perhaps they’re right, but we cannot comprehend it, simply because we have never before had to live with detritus that goes on more-or-less for ever. As a mere citizen, it reduces you to a feeling of utter powerlessness.
If you bought a packet of peanuts in the Sixties, they came in a paper bag. Now, the bag is coated with plastic. The manufacturers have chosen to do it for understandable reasons — it keeps the peanuts inside dry and clean. But the plastic remains virtually indestructible, and we seem to have no choice in that.
If we have a sudden craving for peanuts, our grandchildren will be living with the container long after we are providing food for worms. The snack we enjoyed was gone in minutes. We didn’t buy the packet as some sort of legacy gift, but the wrapping it came in will be there for decades.
And it is not just self-righteous environmentalists in shapeless jumpers who predict Armageddon. Common sense tells us that if every year increasing quantities of this toxic material end up lying about the place, then sooner or later it will engulf us. There is trouble ahead.
I cannot do anything about the plastic bags which litter the deserts of the Middle East or the bottles, drainpipes and jars that float down the Yangtze River in China.
But I can do something about the garbage that is piling up at the sides of British highways. I can begin by not adding to it.
The other day, walking half a mile on a country lane six miles from the nearest town, I picked up four plastic bottles, two McDonald’s wrappers, two fish-and-chip shop styrofoam trays, six chocolate wrappers, three cigarette packets, two plastic hubcaps, the back of a mobile phone, assorted bits of unidentifiable junk and a plastic doll’s leg.
Doubtless, there was some story attached to each of the items. Collectively, they tell no story beyond the contamination of the countryside.
We have all seen morons throwing trash from their cars. Why do they do it? Presumably they do it because they don’t want it in their cars. But they are too stupid to understand that jettisoning it from their vehicle merely means that it becomes a problem for everyone, and that everyone includes them.
Fifty years ago, this problem did not exist. It’s outrageous. Are we really content to live like this? Pictured: a seahorse clinging on to a cotton bud with its tail
We live in a beautiful country and we have all probably done something to disfigure it. We are lucky that nature is forgiving. But the strange contradiction of plastic is that while most of it is intended for temporary use, it can live on for centuries.
Research has established that if you allow litter to accumulate, not only does it cost us all a fortune to remove, but it affects our behaviour. A litter-strewn environment makes depression more likely. And when a place is mucky, crime and anti-social behaviour get worse, as if those with bad intent are uneasy in places which are cared for.
If you think about all this long enough, you could get awfully depressed. But we have not yet reached the point of no return. We don’t have to live like this. We can still make a start on clearing it up.
It is abundantly clear that the only thing that will achieve a lasting improvement is ‘behavioural change’.
Once upon a time, people thought nothing of having ‘one for the road’ and driving home legless. We need a similar change of attitudes in this case, so that the idea of dropping litter — and especially plastic litter — would never enter people’s heads.
Before we can do that, we need to recognise the seriousness of the problem, which is rooted in the fact that some people just don’t see litter.
Above all, though, we need to tackle the problem of plastic. We can all make a difference: we could start the next time we have a coffee by refusing any single-use plastic container.
And we have to start making a noise.
Someone (are you listening, Michael Gove?) needs to take responsibility for the unglamorous job of cleaning up this place.
There is virtually no evidence that the Government takes litter seriously. Highways England has a statutory duty to ‘keep highways clear of litter’. It isn’t doing so, but there is no sign that any minister is prepared to lift a finger.
How many times have you seen a waste lorry driving along, as bits of rubbish fly out of the back? It happens every week.
Fifty years ago, this problem did not exist. It’s outrageous. Are we really content to live like this?
Jeremy Paxman is Patron of Clean Up Britain.