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The Litter Free Dorset Challenge is Back for 2022

Preventing Plastic Pollution has teamed up with Litter Free Dorset to host a second litter picking challenge this May.

Following a hugely successful pilot in 2021, which saw 120 volunteers collect approximately 1 tonne of litter, this year’s challenge aims to double the number of participants taking part with 250 sets of litter picking equipment available for budding litter heroes who want to make a difference to their local outdoor spaces.

Participants can choose from four different challenges, which offers flexibility to litter pick at a time that suits them:

  • The 10-hour challenge – litter pick for 10 hours in 1 whole day
  • The 10-times challenge – take part in 10 litter picks throughout the month
  • The 10-minute daily challenge – everyday litter pick for 10 minutes throughout the month
  • The ‘create your own’ challenge – is there a particular challenge you have in mind?

Everyone that takes part in the challenge is encouraged to record types and quantities of litter found during their litter picks and upload the data to the Preventing Plastic Pollution citizen science portal. By turning litter into data, we gain valuable insights into the sources and movement of plastic pollution, which provides evidence to inform action to tackle the problem and create lasting solutions to stem the flow of plastics entering our rivers and seas.

To get involved with the Litter Free Dorset Challenge:

  • Sign up to the Litter Free Dorset Challenge.
  • 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.