Council calls for compassion and respect to reduce littering and fly-tipping

Horsham District Council is supporting the 2020 national Keep Britain Tidy campaign, encouraging residents to exercise compassion and show respect for the environment when using public spaces by not littering or fly-tipping and disposing of waste responsibly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Litter has become an increasing problem in public spaces during the lockdown, most notably in and around parks and countryside sites, which are seeing a higher volume of visitors than usual. With summer on its way, the Council is calling for compassion to help reduce littering and fly-tipping across the District.

The Keep Britain Tidy campaign uses striking visuals to encourage residents and business owners to help protect key workers, reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and keep public spaces clean and tidy by taking their waste home with them if bins are full.

Alongside the national campaign and to meet the increased demand, Horsham District Council have increased how often public bins and dog waste bins are being emptied.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Waste Cllr Phillip Circus commented:

‘We are pleased to be supporting this year’s national Keep  Britain Tidy campaign, particularly at such a challenging time, when it is really important that individuals do not leave litter lying around in public places as it can pose a risk of infection to others, not least the key workers who have to clear it up.

“We should all have pride in our natural environment, particularly as more of us are now enjoying walks in outdoor areas.”

If residents wish to report instances of fly-tipping they are encouraged to do so at:

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