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A neighbourhood strewn with litter can cut property prices by up to 12 per cent, research suggests.
Food wrappers, cans and bottles dumped in streets can deter housebuyers and dent estate agent valuations.
Litter - Problem - £29 - Value - £243
A serious litter problem could take £29,000 off the value of the average £243,000 house, and £60,000 off a £500,000 property.
Analysis shows that cleaning up litter could be as important as sprucing up the front garden or bringing out a paintbrush – and the Great British Spring Clean with Keep Britain Tidy could be a great place to start.
Daily - Mail - Event - Readers - Part
The Daily Mail, which is supporting the event, hopes to recruit half a million readers to take part in litter-picking events between March 22 and April 23. By last night, a staggering 39,120 had already signed up.
The effect of a tidy street on property prices ranges between 2.7 per cent and 11.8 per cent, according to a report by environmental consultancy Eunomia for Keep Britain Tidy. The report also found removing litter from motorways and A roads alone costs £10million a year.
Allison - Ogden-Newton - Executive - Keep - Britain
Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy,...
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