Hounslow Council is warning visitors of parks and open spaces to take their litter home and dispose of it responsibly.
Published: Thursday, 18th June 2020
It comes after a marked increase in the amount of litter generated from picnics and social gatherings. This follows the particularly warm spell of weather and updated government guidance concerning coronavirus which permits more time outdoors.
Litter ruins the environment and puts added pressure on the Greenspace 360 crews who have been working in challenging conditions over the past few months. Furthermore, littered materials create a genuine hazard for wild animals, who can become injured and entangled by dumped items.
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Hounslow is committed to tackling litter and flytipping. Last year we issued 4,803 Fixed Penalty Notices in relation to flytipping and littering on both public and private land. In addition, guidance in the form of signage, is regularly reviewed and updated across public spaces to inform visitors of how to dispose of their waste correctly.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council said:
“Greenspace 360 staff do a great job in managing litter, but the summer months put added pressure on the service, as it’s the time of year when nature generally requires more trimming and pruning, visitor numbers increase and clearing more litter can take up valuable resources.
“I thank the large majority of residents who do the right thing by clearing up after themselves and by taking their rubbish home for safe disposal and recycling.”