Clean for the Queen: Brits Get Patriotic for the Planet

March 6 was Clean Up Australia Day, which saw thousands of volunteers around the nation doing their bit to reduce the amount of rubbish that makes its way into our bushlands, beaches, creeks and rivers every year.

On the other side of the world, Britain's population is taking on their own clean up challenge, with a bit of a royal twist.

Clean for The Queen is an initiative encouraging people to do their bit to reduce the amount of litter in the environment, with the aim of beautifying the land in time for the Queen's 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.

"When she came to the throne litter was not the problem that it is today," the official site says. "Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride. What better way could we show our gratitude to Her Majesty than to clean up our country?"

Regardless of your attitude towards the royals, Clean for the Queen is a positive action for the planet, and the largest litter collection event in Britain.

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National organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Country Life magazine, the RSPB, the Women's Institute, Clean Up Britain, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the CPRE, are all supporting the initiative.

According to the Clean for the Queen website, the event has so far attracted 191,069 volunteers, and already 2,798 bags of rubbish have been collected.

Good work, Britain! We applaud you!

Images: Clean for the Queen

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