Cornwall Council has launched a campaign to make Cornwall Litter-free, calling on residents and visitors to take their rubbish home with them, rather than allowing it to mar the landscape.

People are being asked to pledge to keep Cornwall beautiful, and leave only their footprints.

Each year, Cornwall Council spends more than £5m on cleaning streets and beaches, with workers covering 40,000 miles annually – almost twice the distance around the world. Despite this massive effort, around 40% of people in Cornwall say they are not satisfied with how clean their streets are.

#LitterlessCornwall was launched at Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase Beach on September 12 by Councillor Adam Paynter, Leader of Cornwall Council, and Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member Environment and Public Protection.

Councillor James said, “Litter is a stain our beautiful countryside and beaches, it pollutes the environment and it is a danger to Cornish wildlife. It also costs a lot of taxpayer’s money to clean up – money that could be spent delivering other vital services.

“The solution is simple. If you love Cornwall, sign the pledge to show you care. If you’re out and about, bag and bin your rubbish, making sure you leave only footprints.”


The Council has published five easy ways to keep Cornwall clean – (except there are 6!):

1)   Choose not to litter. Join the movement to keep Cornwall beautiful by signing the pledge now

2)   Reduce, reuse and recycle at work, school and in the home.

3)   Set a good example. Help spread the word and share the campaign on social media.

4)   Bag your litter and take it home, or put it in the bin.

5)   Clear up after your dog and dispose of the bag responsibly – don’t let it become litter.

6)   Join a local community litter clean up with Clean Cornwall or do a #2MinuteBeachClean