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'Bin It for Good' wins Excellence Award
Anti-litter initiative takes AIM Nudging for Good Award
Bin it for Good, the anti-litter project created by Keep Britain Tidy and The Wrigley Company, won an Excellence Award for Sustainability at the 2016-17 AIM Nudging for Good Awards at a star-studded ceremony in Brussels last night.
The campaign was designed to change behaviour around littering by offering a reward that benefits the community rather than the individual. For three months, a town centre’s street bins are transformed into ‘charity collection tins’, featuring a new local charity each month. The more litter that goes into the bins each month, and the less litter on the street, the greater a donation that the charity receives. Thus, by placing waste in the bin, local people could help their community in two ways: by improving the appearance of their local area and by donating to a local charity.
Bin it for Good has seen successful results in ten council areas so far. The pilot project reduced litter by an average of 42% at one site over three months. The next wave of projects showed how the nudge worked in different types of locations, delivering on average a 30% decrease in litter across three months. The third wave will report later this Spring with results already looking strong. A toolkit is now in development which will allow other areas to use the nudge in the future to decrease litter in their areas.
Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Bin it for Good brings together Keep Britain Tidy’s expertise in understanding littering behaviour with Wrigley’s expertise in consumer behaviour. It’s bringing together those levels of understanding that has made Bin it for Good the success that it is.”
Alexandra West, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs for The Wrigley Company, UK and Ireland, commented: “We are delighted by the success of this project and the fantastic recognition of our efforts from the judges. Behavioural scientists have previously found that rewards can be an effective way to influence people’s behaviour. By offering a reward that benefits the community rather than the individual, Bin it for Good reinforces the intrinsic values that often lead to more positive environmental and social behaviours in the long term.
“Bin it for Good is one of the many projects Wrigley supports in the UK to tackle litter and part of wider research we are undertaking on behavioural drivers around littering and how to influence them.”
AIM, the European Brands Association, created the awards to promote original “nudges for good” by brands. The jury was chaired by Robert Madelin, former EU Commission Director-General and Adviser to the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Behavioural Sciences.
The Journal of Litter and Environmental Quality
Exciting new project, Journal of Litter, coming in the New Year.
are delighted to announce an exciting new project we have been working on over
the past few months. Through our Centre for Social Innovation, we have been developing a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal focused on litter and local
environmental quality issues with the intention that it will eventually be
housed with a publisher.
The Journal of Litter and Environmental
Quality (JLEQ) is a bi-annual, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that will
share and discuss research that has been
carried out by academics, practitioners and wider stakeholders into litter and environmental quality.
The peer review panel includes University of Plymouth, University of East
Anglia, University of Southampton, Newcastle University, Eunomia, CPRE and
Journal will be available online and through a limited print run. The purpose
is to highlight the latest research in this area, to stimulate further research
and encourage the use of research to develop practical innovation on the
The first edition of the
Journal will be published in the beginning of 2017.
Want to know more? Journal of Litter Call for articles
‘Charity bins’ help keep streets clean
Campaign launched in four new locations after innovation leads to 30% reduction in litter and money raised for good causes.
initiative, supported by The Wrigley
Company, has seen a massive 30% reduction in the amount of rubbish on our
for Good encourages people to do the right thing and put their rubbish in the
bin while at the same time making money for local charities. The
more rubbish that goes in the bin and the less litter that is thrown on the
ground, the more money is given to good causes.
carried out successfully in five locations across England saw an average
reduction of 30% but, in Prudhoe town centre in Northumberland, the reduction
in litter was 52%.
Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County
Council, said: “As a council we are dedicated to maintaining clean streets for
all of our residents to enjoy and have a long running campaign, ‘LOVE
Northumberland, HATE Litter’ which helps us to encourage any activity which
promotes cleanliness in the county - The Bin it for Good campaign is a great
way to reinforce our campaign messages while supporting some fantastic
as cutting the amount of litter on the ground, Bin it for Good also changes
people’s attitudes to litter and littering.
survey carried out for Keep Britain Tidy as part of the pilot revealed that 71%
of people said Bin it for Good made them want to put their litter in the bin
and 50% said that there was less litter on the ground as a result of the
the pilot is being rolled out to another four places in the hopes that it can
have the same, dramatic effect on litter levels there. For
three months from today, bins in Nottingham, Haringey, Sutton and Kettering will
be given a ‘charity bin’ facelift and each month charities will be given
donations of up to £500, depending on how much more rubbish than usual is put
in the bin.
that will benefit include Cransley Hospice in Kettering, Bulwell Forest Garden in
Nottingham and Don't Forget The Kids in Haringey.
Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Bin it for Good is a
win-win for communities. It cuts the amount of litter on the ground at the same
time as supporting local charities.
to support from Wrigley, we are delighted to be able to roll this out to
another four places and look forward to seeing some more fantastic results.”
Andrews, General Manager of Wrigley UK said: “After more than a decade of
experience in supporting programmes to tackle litter it is clear to us that the
challenge will only be solved through behaviour change, education and encouraging
for Good shows the huge potential in harnessing people’s support for local
charities to change behaviour on litter and it is exciting to work with Keep
Britain Tidy to refine the scheme so it can be used more widely.
is one of a series of new and deepened programmes that we are undertaking this
autumn to help make a substantial difference on this issue.”
Our AIM Nudging for Good Awards winning entry
Last week our charity bins project with Wrigley won the AIM Nudging for Good Awards, see our winning video here.
Last week our charity bins project with Wrigley won the AIM Nudging for Good Awards, see our winning video here.
Litter bins become charity collection tins
Bin it for good reaches new towns - reducing littering and raising funds for local charities.
Our new “Bin it for good” initiative, supported by The
Wrigley Company, has now been completed in Sutton, Haringey, Nottingham and
Kettering, raising over £2,700 for local charities.
Bin it for good encourages people to do the right thing and
put their rubbish in the bin while at the same time making money for local
charities. The project is a win-win... the more rubbish that goes in the bin and the less litter that is
thrown on the ground, the more money is given to good causes.
As well as cutting the amount of litter on the ground, Bin
it for good also changes people’s attitudes to litter and littering. As part of
the pilot a survey revealed that 71% of people said the project made them
want to put their litter in the bin.
The project, whose pilot saw an average reduction of 30% in
dropped litter, is now going on in Selby (in North Yorkshire) and Winsford (in Cheshire).
Three local charities benefit for a month each. In Winsford
the council have chosen Cotswold House, the Salvation Army and Winsford
Sensation. In Selby, the project will be supporting two of their chairman's
charities, Asthma UK and Macmillan Cancer Care. Selby District Council is
asking their residents to nominate the charity who will benefit from the third
month of donations.
New action plan to tackle fly-tipping launches
Reaching the Tipping Point: our action plan for fly-tipping is launched at the Tidy Britain All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Reaching the Tipping Point: our action plan for fly-tipping is launched at the Tidy Britain All-Party Parliamentary Group. The launch comes as we reveal the
results of two new surveys that show the true scale of the problem.
In the first of two surveys, we found out that 70% of local authorities say fly-tipping is a major problem, while
a separate Ipsos MORI survey shows that over a third of people (36%) said they thought it was OK to do
things that are legally defined as fly-tipping.
The growing cost of clearing up unsightly fly-tipped rubbish
is putting pressure on local authorities that are already struggling with
53% of local authorities who said fly-tipping was a major
problem think that changes – including the increase of bulky waste charges and
closing recycling centres - have contributed to the problem.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:
“We know that local authorities are at their wits’ end trying to tackle the
growing crisis of dumped rubbish and our surveys show that there is a real
challenge here to educate the public that not only is it not OK to fly-tip, it
is illegal and can result in a substantial fine for householders and a criminal
The Ipsos MORI nationwide survey of 1,133 people
in England aged 18+ revealed that 47% of people don’t know that
they’re responsible in law if their waste is fly-tipped by a third party and 36%
of people think it is acceptable to get rid of an unwanted sofa or mattress in
a way that is, legally, classed as fly-tipping.
The latest figures for fly–tipping show that
there were more than 900,000 reported fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15 and
fly-tipping is costing local councils in excess of £50million a year to deal
W have launched an action plan to tackle the blight of fly-tipping, aimed at working in partnership with local
authorities and their contractors to raise awareness with the public and help
them drive home the message that if residents and businesses want cleaner
communities, they need to understand that they have a legal duty of care.
To deliver this plan, we want councils
and waste contractors to work with us to raise awareness of the
householders’ duty of care through a new campaign, #CrimeNotToCare, but also to
team up with our experts to tackle fly-tipping at local level where
communities are being hit.
In addition, we are calling on the
Government to direct revenue generated through the landfill tax to local
authorities to support a free and easily accessible collection and recycling
service and enable local authorities to remove charges that might be
contributing to increases in fly-tipping.
Currently, the maximum fine for fly-tipping in
the magistrates’ court is £50,000 or 12 months in prison but 95% of the fines
issued are less than £1,000. We say there should
be a review of and report on the application of the Environmental Offences
Sentencing Guidelines when it comes to the fly-tipping fines handed out by
Finally, we have pledged to impact on
the consistency of enforcement practice when it comes to fly-tipping through
its National Enforcement Academy.
Commenting on these measures Allison said:
"We believe that much can be done to support those agencies in the
front-lines acting on fly-tipping. This is a growing problem but our action plan,
if adopted by Government and law enforcement agencies at all levels, will make
a real difference."
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