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Warm weather is not an excuse for littering

Published: 23 June 2020

Thousands of visitors are expected to visit any one of Redbridge’s 50 parks or green spaces during the next few days to enjoy the anticipated heatwave. To keep the spaces clean and tidy for everyone, we’re asking all visitors to please take their rubbish home with them if available bins are full.

During the sunny month of May, the park rangers collected more than 9000 black bags of waste, the highest amount of rubbish ever left in Redbridge parks.

Many conscientious local people do take their rubbish home, and even volunteer in our local parks. People in Christchurch Green, Wanstead, volunteered their time on Saturday (20 June) to do a community litter pick and locals in Goodmayes regularly get together to pick up rubbish in their local park, including last Sunday (21st June). Through these generous and thoughtful efforts the green and Goodmayes Park were both left tidy and welcoming.

Jas Athwal, Leader of the Council, said:

“We are proud of our parks and we want everyone to enjoy them. Our Park Rangers do an excellent job of emptying bins more frequently when demand increases. But their focus is also to tend to the foliage and flower beds to keep them looking their best. During the COVID-19 pandemic our parks have been busier than ever and our parks staff have been rushed off their feet trying to pick up after everyone.

“Litter is everyone’s responsibility in Redbridge, and I am grateful that the vast majority of local people tidy up after themselves. However, there are always some selfish people who choose to leave their rubbish behind, if everyone would do their part and take their rubbish home if the bins are full, it would make such a huge difference to our local parks.

"I want to thank our parks volunteers who do an incredible job organising community litter picks and taking pride in their local areas, and our fantastic staff who have been working round the clock to keep our parks looking beautiful.”

Residents are reminded that if they find a full bin, they shouldn’t bin leave rubbish next to it, or on it. Enforcement teams will be issuing fixed penalty notices of up £150 to any person caught littering in Redbridge.

Residents who would like to find out more about how to support like local parks through volunteering can email: parks.enquiries@visionrcl.org.uk for more information.

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