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  • Charlotte at ZooLab

Mission: Clean Up 2022 – What Can We Do To Help?

Every September, volunteers and organisations worldwide join together with one mission, to clean up the world around us!

It’s no secret that rubbish can have a huge impact on the environment – it affects animals and their habitats the world over. I’m sure it’s hard to think of a recent time when you haven’t had to step over broken glass or dodge chewing gum while out and about. This litter is really dangerous for animals; most plastics cannot be digested once eaten. A study even

found that 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contained microplastics. The RSPCA also receives at least 10 calls a day about animals affected by litter.

Mounting rubbish and fly-tipping divert public money away from other services into litter picking. Litter also takes a lot of time to degrade, cigarette butts take up to 2 years, and aluminium cans take between 80-100 years. World Clean Up Day aims to change this. Reducing the amount of rubbish around us makes our home a nicer place for our animal friends and us.

So, what can you do to help out this World Clean Up Day?

Take Part!

It seems obvious but getting outside with a bin bag and picking up any rubbish you see makes a huge difference! Almost 48% of people admit to dropping litter, and a whopping 1.3 million pieces of rubbish is dropped onto UK roads every weekend. Even making a small dent in this can hugely affect our surroundings. World Clean Up Day is a great place t