People Are Literally Trashing Their Local Parks Now Lockdown Has Eased
Ever since the lockdown measures began to ease a couple of weeks ago, people have been flocking to their local outdoor spaces for socially distanced picnics and barbecues.
It's been sooo nice to see friends and family again after what has felt like a lifetime indoors.
This is a small snapshot of the state of Sefton Park now. It's an absolute joke. Scruffy scruffy bastards. Fires still burning. £1 BBQ burn stains all over. Smashed glass. To be cleaned up to happen again today. Take your rubbish home. Please. pic.twitter.com/MuArLlRNlt
- The Tea Street Band (@TeaStreetBand) May 30, 2020
However, with *everyone* descending onto parks, playing fields and other outdoor areas, a huge litter problem has started - and people are, rightly, not happy.
While the amount of litter in our parks is obviously a reflection of the sheer number of people making use out of them, there is a really simple solution (even if the bin is full) - take your rubbish with you.
Instead, people are leaving it, piling it up next to the bin (which, by the time everyone has done the same, ends up being half a mile away) or in other people's case, simply leaving it strewn on the ground for someone else to clear up.
With everything going on, nobody wants to be touching other people's dirty litter and nor should they have to.
Quite a depressing weekend for park professionals - we kept the Parks open because they are important for everyone's physical and mental health, and general wellbeing. We didn't expect any reward but the litter, fights and fires we experienced are far less than we deserved :slight_frown:
- Mark Camley (@MarkforParks) June 1, 2020
I've gone for an early walk before it gets busy. I've never seen so much litter on my local park. It's absolutely disgusting. What sort of lazy, entitled bastard does this? Just take it with you. pic.twitter.com/MEOzbLJynK
- Matt Forde (@mattforde) June 3, 2020
It seems to be an issue across the country, with Twitter flooded with images of littered parks, alongside very angry tweets.
Mark Camley, Executive Director for Park and Venues at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London tweeted: "Quite a depressing weekend for park professionals - we kept the Parks open because they are important for everyone's physical and mental health, and general wellbeing.
"We didn't expect any reward but the litter, fights and fires we experienced are far less than we deserved."
:hearts: your park:deciduous_tree:? Our dustcart emptied all eurobins in Brockwell Park on Monday. Less than 24hrs later they were overflowing again :astonished: The/ spread litter even further. It's a problem in all open spaces. Enjoy the parks & open spaces, but please take your rubbish home.Thank you:thumbsup: pic.twitter.com/EaiYUK2jxb
- Lambeth Parks & Leisure (@Brockwell_Hall) May 27, 2020
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Another person tweeted several images of their litter-filled local park, with empty pizza boxes, beer bottles and plastic bags scattered all over the grass.
"I've gone for an early walk before it gets busy. I've never seen so much litter on my local park. It's absolutely disgusting. What sort of lazy, entitled b*****d does this? Just take it with you," they wrote.
Another person who visited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire posted shocking images of singed grass patches where people had been enjoying disposable barbecues.
"To everyone who had bbqs that scorched the grass, who left scraps of litter, glass bottles, cans, cigarette butts everywhere - you are disgusting," they wrote.
"We picked up three dog poo bags worth of litter, (using copious amounts of hand sanitiser): plastic cigarette filter covers, bottle tops, plastic sweet wrappers but also wine bottles, a large pink broken water bottle, drink cans and four pairs of socks."
Just leaving @ChatsworthHouse- walked from Calton Lees car park along the river towards the house. To everyone who had bbqs that scorched the grass, who left scraps of litter, glass bottles, cans, cigarette butts everywhere - you are disgusting. A beautiful location left... (1/3) pic.twitter.com/vdSp8TiMMD
- Kate Rogers (@katelouise02) June 3, 2020
It's SO depressing when you're wading through rubbish on your daily exercise in the park.
SO much better ten minutes later when the rubbish has gone.
If everyone gave just a few minutes a day to clearing litter we would be a happier society.@TidyGrangetown@Keep_Wales_Tidy pic.twitter.com/cM4sdW6vnL
- Meurig Parri :flag_black: (@ben_digeidfran) May 31, 2020
A bin in Farnley Park this morning, just a thought but maybe take your rubbish with you if the bin is full ♀️ not rocket science is it?!? #idiots #litter pic.twitter.com/3jB5wrGrHN
- Vicki Metcalf (@VickiMetcalf2) June 1, 2020
Another person posting about a park in Wales said: "It's SO depressing when you're wading through rubbish on your daily exercise in the park.
"SO much better ten minutes later when the rubbish has gone. If everyone gave just a few minutes a day to clearing litter we would be a happier society."
Hi @CityCorpHeath we :heart::deciduous_tree: #HampsteadHeath, but it's hard to keep children and dogs safe with all the litter and broken glass. Understandably covid-19 means that there is less staff, but surely something can be done to prevent people from littering? (not my FB posts) pic.twitter.com/AwdEn6b2IE
- Mar Murube (@MarMurube) May 27, 2020
At Hampstead Heath in London, one person even reported to finding human waste, tampons tissues and broken glass on one of their daily walks.
But it's not just the parks, it's beaches too. One shocking image shows Formby Beach in Liverpool flooded with litter and even plastic cooler boxes.
Formby beach this morning.
Not good. pic.twitter.com/0uzBb6jfRt
- Pete M (@fastcarspete) May 31, 2020
Wow, what is wrong with people. This is Pontefract park this morning. Bins might be full @MyWakefield but no excuse just to leave your rubbish all over the park. The fields are completely covered with litter, even smashed glass. Some people are a joke. @YvetteCooperMP pic.twitter.com/UbPrfQiAxk
- Michael Shenton (@mshenton22) May 31, 2020
Please, if you are spending time at parks, beaches or other outdoor spaces, it's so important to take your rubbish with you!
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