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Walkers urged to act in litter campaign

Posted 24 March 2011
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Walkers urged to act in litter campaign
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Those who like to go walking can act on areas blighted by litter through simple legal means, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed.

It has launched a campaign to encourage the public to respond when they see places littered, as landowners are responsible to ensure they are cleaned up.

The body has provided details on how to get a litter abatement order, which can be pursued via a magistrate's court if necessary.

It also noted people can report fly-tipping to their local councils, who are similarly obliged to act, something that could remove blights from footpaths and their vicinities.

CPRE president Bill Bryon has shown the way by seeking action on litter dumped on land by Cambridge Railway station, which he said will need to be removed or he will seek a litter abatement order.

Those concerned with litter in rural areas may like to get involved in a clean-up operation.

Organisations like the John Muir Trust organise these, with examples including the collection of 545 sacks of rubbish from wild beaches in Scotland between March and October last year.