My name is Rich Palmer and I am the owner of Dustbox Cleaning Services, based in the UK.

Being in the professional cleaning industry, I see so much waste, particularly litter; as a result I have put together this infographic – called ‘Absolute Rubbish! The Litter Crisis in Europe’ which I think your readers might find interesting. A couple of quick facts for you:

· The total cost of cleaning up litter throughout Europe is estimated at €10 to 13 billion per year.
· Cleaning up Europe’s towns and countryside costs an average of €25 per person, per year.
· Road litter clean-up costs taxpayers €1 billion per year throughout Europe.
· 4 in 5 pieces of marine litter in Europe comes from land.


1 Comment

  1. A great infographic Richard but the litter prevention initiatives you list are actually all about picking up litter rather than preventing it from happening.

    We list 10 things an individual can do to help eliminate littering
    and picking up litter is the last on that list as, though that’s not what we’re about, we recognise that existing and ongoing litter needs cleared as part of the endeavour.

    Beyond that there are many initiatives that those in a position to do something about the problem could undertake but seem either unwilling or incapable of doing so.

    The recent Communities and Local Government Committee report:
    went a little way in the right direction but their suggestions have yet to be implemented.

    We wait with interest to see whether Clean Europe Network will bring about the necessary changes or merely act as another layer of expense and bureaucracy between the politicians and the frontline of the battle against the bugs.

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