Here's what research suggests about the nation's dirty habit.
As lockdown restrictions ease, beaches and parks are being left covered in rubbish. How can you help?
The city of Kamakura in Japan has passed an ordinance to stop tourists from eating while they walk to cut down the rising levels of litter on the streets. The city had 20 million visitors in 2018. But locals say tourists lack manners and etiquette.
When retired naval officer Victor Vescovo made a record-breaking 10,928 m submarine dive to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, he probably wasn’t expecting to come across man-made litter...but he did. Just a few days after the United Nations has issued a damning report of the state of our planet, we take a look at other unlikely places where we’ve managed to leave a damaging trace.
Almost 50,000 pieces of litter were picked up by volunteers during beach cleans last month.
Required: gloves, a bin liner and some community spirit 💪
Five-year-old Rottweiler Maggie loves to pick up plastic bottles on her walks. Her owner Susan Parr says Maggie worked her way up from picking up tennis to collecting litter. Parr set up #BeMoreLikeMaggie to encourage people to recycle.
People from the UK to Mexico are posting photos of rubbish they've collected as part of an online challenge.
Plastic litter incidents affecting animals are at an all-time high, according to a report by the RSPCA. The animal welfare charity found a 22% increase in incidents, from 473 in 2015 to 579 in 2018. For seals, the increase has been fourfold in the same period.