New war on litter

People are being urged to keep the county clean, tidy and safe as traders get down to business.

Buckinghamshire’s town centre and high street businesses reopened their doors earlier this week. As footfall in these popular public spaces is likely to increase with residents and visitors keen to support local shops, cafes and small and independent businesses, the council is urging residents to play their part in keeping everywhere tidy.

During lockdown, the county’s town centres and high streets saw a vast reduction in litter and this is something the council encourages. Reduced footfall into these local areas has given the council’s street cleaning teams the chance to carry out enhanced work, including gum removal, pressure washing and cleaning of street furniture

Here are three tips:

  1. Use the bins provided. This one is pretty self-explanatory and is the easiest way residents can help keep local areas clean, tidy and safe for everyone to use
  2. Take your rubbish with you and recycle at home. If there isn’t a bin nearby, or the bin is already full, take your rubbish with you. Taking home your rubbish not only helps keep public spaces clean but also gives you more opportunity to recycle items such as empty drinks bottles, drinks cans and cardboard packaging.
  3. When it comes to bins, if your litter is not in then it is littering. Ensure rubbish goes inside the bin. Rubbish left on top of or next to a bin is more likely to be blown by wind causing. In a survey carried out for Keep Britain Tidy by YouGov more than one in four people (27%) admitted to ‘carefully’ littering – leaving packaging behind when eating or drinking ‘on the go’, leaving a can or coffee cup on a wall or ledge, or leaving rubbish at a train station or bus stop before boarding.

Throughout Bucks, there are more than 4,000 public litter bins. Many of these are in the county’s town centres and emptied at least once a day. Overflowing bins can be reported online to the council’s street cleansing team.

Martin Dickman, Service Director for Neighbourhood Services, said: ‘Our street cleansing teams have been busy across Buckinghamshire making sure our local towns, high streets and public spaces are clean and tidy ready for reopening. Making sure the county is clean and safe for everyone to use is a priority for Buckinghamshire Council and we hope the three top tips inspire residents to also play their part.

‘Using the bins provided is particularly important when it comes to Covid-19 PPE. We must continue to follow the government rules to stay safe and protect Bucks, and this includes wearing a face mask/covering in indoor spaces. Please remember to dispose of any used face coverings and gloves in bins, and do not discard them on the floor. By making sure worn PPE ends up in the bin we can help stop the spread of Covid-19.’

The clean streets of Buckingham