Never before has there been a greater need for our work. Live Here Love Here is designed to tackle environmental issues by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities. By working together, we can start to tackle the negative impact on our planet to bring about positive change to our communities.
In 2018, there were an average of 625 items of litter washed up by the tide per 100m of Northern Irish beach, of which 78% were plastic. Despite a cleaning bill of £45 million every year, only 7% of transects surveyed by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in 2018/2019 were completely free from litter and 56% of rural transects surveyed were unacceptably polluted by litter. This litter is most likely to have been chucked by careless people out of their vehicles - such as take away packaging from food drinks and cigarettes.
Did you know? In 2018/2019 10% of transects had dog fouling present and one transect had six dog poos within 50m! No one likes to step in dog mess, and it can carry parasites like the Toxicara Worm. Symptoms include eye disorders, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and in rare cases, seizures / fits.
Fly tipping includes everything from throwing a bag of household rubbish in an alleyway or dumping an old washing machine at the roadside, to organized crime dumping thousands of litres of fuel waste into a field or river. Once dumped, the waste becomes the responsibility of the land owner, so an innocent person has to foot the bill for cleaning it up while the criminal makes money from damaging our environment.
Derelict or rundown buildings, crumbling walls and overgrown fences can be a focus for anti-social behaviour, and they really spoil the look of an area. Where a structure has become disused or responsibility has become disputed, it may fall into disrepair. It may become a spot for underage drinking, blighted by flytipping or simply an eyesore. We want to support events or campaigns that will improve run down areas and transform them into places we can all enjoy.
Most staining in our towns and cities is caused by chewing gum spat onto pavements. Chewing gum is remarkably tough stuff, and the unsightly blotches it leaves can last for years if not cleaned off. Because it's so tough, it takes either harsh chemicals or 300oC steam to remove gum staining and this can damage the surface, especially if it's tarmac. This means that in some places, the staining cannot actually be removed without replacing the pavement at great expense. All that money and effort to clean up pieces of gum which cost a few pence each, and nothing to dispose of properly.