Litter increases as lock down eases

Along with other open air spaces across the country, the borough of Epsom and Ewell has seen a huge increase of litter in parks, countryside and nature reserves.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Committee, said “We have all appreciated the outdoor spaces during the lockdown and our teams are working as hard as they can to keep the borough clean.

“We ask everyone to enjoy the green spaces safely and to take their litter home at the end of the day. Animals can die from litter and we all have a responsibility to look after the planet and protect wildlife”. 

”Unfortunately a very small minority are damaging the environment in our marvellous green spaces and putting wildlife at risk by not taking their litter home with them.”

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has this week issued updated guidance for members of the public who have kindly volunteered to undertake litter picking during the Covid-19 pandemic.

www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/volunteerlitterpicks   
 
The latest government advice is that up to six people from different households can meet remotely outdoors, if adhering to social distancing. A litter pick where safe to do so, can therefore form part of a daily exercise routine with family and friends.

The council can supply a returnable litter picking kit. This includes gloves, high visibility waistcoats and a litter picking device (subject to availability).

Councillor Nash added “We are grateful to the members of our community who are volunteering to help keep our fantastic green spaces safe and clean for everyone”.

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