Litter blitz ahead of Surrey fly-tipping campaign

Dozens of bags of litter have been collected in the Surrey Hills ahead of a major campaign against fly-tipping.

Volunteers collected 57 bags of litter around St Martha's Hill near Guildford as part of a blitz by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Chris Sibley, vice-chairman of CPRE Guildford, said most of the litter appeared to have been thrown from cars.

He said the CPRE would be launching a major campaign against fly-tipping in the Surrey countryside later this year.

Duvet and hub caps

It was the second year that CPRE volunteers and members of the Tyting Society local residents' group carried out an annual litter blitz in the area.

Mr Sibley said: "The result is amazingly consistent, as last year we collected 60 bags.

"Most of the litter seems to have been thrown from cars travelling along the lanes, and includes beer and soft drink cans, glass and plastic bottles, cardboard tea and coffee containers, crisp and sweet packaging, and fast food cartons.

"But other, bigger items, have been tipped in the lanes too, including a duvet and various items of men's clothing. A large number of hub caps and other car and bicycle parts were also picked up."

The Surrey Hills area covers a quarter of the county and includes the chalk North Downs and wooded Greensand Hills.

It is home to rare wildlife, woodland and market towns and villages and is popular with walkers from across southern England.

It was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958.

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