The council has seen an increase in litter in many areas, particularly its parks and open spaces since the coronavirus outbreak and has increased litter picking and the emptying of bins across the district; but the problem continues to be getting worse.
By working alongside individuals and community groups who use the parks, the council is encouraging people to take their rubbish home with them if the bins are full instead of leaving it on the ground beside them.
The ‘Don’t have a rubbish excuse’ campaign features pictures of residents, Maydencroft who's cattle graze in some of the open spaces, and Glendale (EHDC's grounds maintenance contractor), among others who talk about the impact littering is having on their experience of using and looking after the council’s parks and open spaces. Perhaps if visitors understand how demoralising it is to constantly clear up the mess left by other people, they will show a little more respect for staff and the environment.
Also on board with the campaign is the Hertford Playground Alliance (HPA). Jodi Bayliss, Carolyn Groombridge and Kalin Margetts from HPA said; "We are grateful that the council are taking steps to reduce the amount of litter we've seen recently in the district. It's down to all of us to do our bit to keep our local area clean and tidy. HPA was formed to encourage everyone to take pride in our local facilities and clearing up after ourselves is a big part of that. To keep everyone safe and ensure the district performs to its beautiful potential - we urge everyone to take their rubbish home with them."
Councillor Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing at EHDC, said; “We are so pleased that residents are utilising our open spaces for exercise, socially distanced meet ups with friends and to enjoy the summer weather; however we are disappointed in the lack of care when it comes to placing litter in the bins provided or taking it home to recycle efficiently or when the bins are full. If every user of our parks took responsibility for leaving them as they found them, rather than leaving their litter they would be brighter place for everyone to enjoy.'
Councillor Graham McAndrew, executive member for environmental sustainability at EHDC, added; “Littering is an eyesore, antisocial and poses a danger to children, dogs and wildlife. It costs the council and taxpayers a lot of money to clean up which could be better spent elsewhere, so I would encourage everyone to take their litter home and dispose of it in a safe and responsible way. Don’t have a rubbish excuse.”