‘TREAT parks and green spaces with more respect’ – that was the plea from Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Karen May after 500kg of rubbish had to be collected from Sanders Park and Lickey End Recreational Ground after last weekend.
With people using the areas for their daily exercise, they are more popular than ever, which has led to a stark increase in littering.
The council’s Parks and Place Teams have picked up 420kg of rubbish from Sanders Park and around 80kg of rubbish from Lickey End.
Coun May said: “At a time when parks are a saving grace for us all, it is important we all work together to look after them.
“Our teams are doing a fantastic job to keep these spaces clean and tidy but I would ask visitors have some respect and take some responsibility for the waste they create and what they do with it.
“To see our parks and open spaces left in such a state is not only sad but disappointing too.”
Residents are being asked to put their litter in the bins provided or, if they are full, take it home.
Those having picnics are urged to take a bin bag, fill it and leave it by the bin to make it easier for the council’s team to collect and prevent it from blowing around.
Full litter bins can be reported at bromsgrove.gov.uk/litter.
A warning has also been issued about fly-tipping as the council’s bulky waste is now up and running again.
Visit bromsgrove.gov.uk/waste/ for more information.