Environment secretary Hilary Benn and president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Bill Bryson are behind the new partnership to stop litter being thrown on footpaths, roads and becoming trapped in hedges.
Benn and Bryson met with Lambeth street cleaners in action ahead of the summit.
Hilary Benn said: “Cleaning up street litter costs all of us nearly £800 million a year. I’ve seen hardworking street cleaners in action this morning – but we all share responsibility for tackling litter, whether that’s government, business or individuals. There’s no reason to drop litter in the first place and no-one should have to live with dirty streets, so it’s up to us to change things.”
According to the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the UK spends £2.1 million each day clearing up litter.
Keep Britain Tidy chairman Mike Philips commented: “Spending such money on clearing litter from our streets cannot go on, and we need to work together to tackle this problem head on. Today, Government and industry are taking a significant step by getting round a table and discussing potential ways forward, so we can build a cleaner, greener and safer country we are all proud to call home.”
Partners will meet again in the Autumn to decide on how to cut litter.