Celebrating a load of rubbish

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The team behind the Clean Cornwall campaign is on course to celebrate a record year and a load of rubbish.

Volunteers during Clean Cornwall Week, which launches this Saturday (September, 15)

The organisation, which was launched in 2005, is a partnership between local businesses, community groups and the public sector.

Originally set up to host two Clean Cornwall weeks – one in March and one in September – the team aim to reduce litter in Cornwall.

And with Clean Cornwall Week due to run from Saturday, September 15 until Sunday, September 23, the team are confident will beat last year’s litter pick numbers.

Clean Cornwall’s project officer, Lara Hill, said: “We’re very excited about a load of rubbish this year!

“In 2010 there were 516 events held during the two weeks and in 2011 we had 631 events.

“Already this year we’ve had 521 events and look set to smash last year’s figure.”

Clean Cornwall aims to raise awareness of the problems of litter, campaign to change behaviour, improve the way local authorities and others manage litter, and support communities to reduce and collect litter.

The organisation, which is chaired by Lady Mary Holborrow and is supported by celebrity chef, Rick Stein, and Eden boss, Tim Smit, works throughout the year to tackle the sources of litter and to deal with any litter problems.