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litter free dorsetFrustrated with seeing littered plastics and concerned about plastic entering your local environment? Fancy a new way to improve your fitness? Or simply want to spend more time in nature? The Litter Free Dorset Challenge could be for you!

This June, Litter Free Dorset are asking people across Dorset to take part in a challenge to clean up the county. Litter Free Dorset wants to give everyone the chance to improve their local area at a time that suits them.

This initiative is supported by Queen Mary University of London and co-financed by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme through the Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) project.

From Saturday 1 May through to Monday 17 May, residents in Dorset can sign up to take part in the Litter Free Dorset Challenge which will run for the duration of June. Not only will people be able to sign up to a challenge of their choosing and be gifted with a litter picker, T-shirt and weighing scales, they will also be able to contribute their litter picking data to Prevent Plastic Pollution’s citizen science project.

By taking part individuals will benefit local wildlife by reducing the impacts of plastic pollution as well as have the opportunity to provide data about amount and/or types of litter collected to help inform solutions to tackle plastic pollution long term.

Dr Iwan Jones, PPP project leader at Queen Mary University of London said: ‘Joining in the challenge can help to clear up your local environment, but providing us with your data can help us to develop solutions to the problem of plastic pollution, which can then be utilised across the channel region as well as further afield.’

Alongside the challenge, Litter Free Dorset have created a Facebook group for participants to share their progress with their individual challenges and receive support from each other as well as the public. Take a look at the group by clicking here.

Sophie Colley, Coordinator for Litter Free Dorset added: ‘Litter picking is proven to increase your fitness and wellbeing. This is due to being outdoors, exploring new places and meeting new people along the way!’

As part of your challenge you can also fundraise money for Litter Free Dorset.

Litter Free Dorset is a community campaign to reduce litter in Dorset hosted by Dorset Council. If you would like to fundraise or donate funds to help us achieve our goals to reduce the social, economic, and environmental impacts of litter we would be very grateful. You can donate by clicking here.

To get involved with the Litter Free Dorset Challenge:

  • Sign up to the Litter Free Dorset Challenge by clicking here
  • Record the amounts and/or types of litter found on your litter picks
  • Share your litter finds on social media by using the hashtag #LFDChallenge and tagging in @litterfreedrst and @Plastic_EU
  • Join the challenge Facebook group to share your stories with other people taking on the challenge

For more information and to follow the challenge, please check out the Litter Free Dorset Challenge webpage or see the Litter Free Dorset social media channels:

* Litter Free Dorset is a community campaign to reduce litter across Dorset.  A partnership hosted by Dorset Council, it is made up of a group of local organisations, charities and community groups who all work together to reduce the social, economic and environmental impacts of litter. This is done by trying to stop littering behaviour in the first place through co-producing policy, projects and campaigns.

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