Green spaces and parks can be a lifeline to many people. They’re a cheap, local, and calming place to destress and exercise.
But littering and fly-tipping have been on the increase lately, and we can all do our part to stop it.
TWC’s grounds and street cleansing contractor, idverde, have been out litter-picking and emptying bins more often. Street Champions and other voluntary groups are also helping to keep the borough clean and tidy. Lawley and Overdale Parish Council’s own Parish Environmental Team (PET) has been keeping an eye on our parish for hotspots too, and reporting or cleaning-up what they can.
But we need your help!
What’s the problem?
Littering and fly-tipping spoil the green areas of the parish for the whole community, and it costs all of us money to clean it up afterwards, too.
Between 1st July 2019 and until June 2020 there were 72 instances of fly-tipping in Lawley and Overdale Parish alone – and those are just the ones we knew about.
Each instance needs to be cleaned up, and doing this isn’t free. We estimate that cleaning up the 72 instances described above may have cost just under £4,000. (This estimate is based on benchmarking figures provided by DeFRA).
The same goes for littering. While idverde and our PET team are cleaning-up problem spots, they aren’t working on the other areas that need attention.
How can you help?
The simplest way to help keep Lawley and Overdale Parish – and the rest of Britain – tidy, is by not leaving your litter behind. If there’s a bin nearby, put it in the bin. If there isn’t, or if the bin is full, please take your litter with you until you find a place to dispose of it responsibly.
Do you have some spare time, and would like to help keep our parish tidy? You might consider volunteering with the Street Champions, who regularly support community clean-ups.
And it goes without saying that you shouldn’t engage in fly-tipping. If you see an incident of fly-tipping has taken place, please report it.
Enjoy our green areas responsibly
Lawley and Overdale Parish is lucky to have large green spaces for the whole community to enjoy. Do your part to protect them – report problems to the right people, and let’s make sure we keep them that way.
Keep Lawley and Overdale Parish Tidy!
Keep Britain Tidy!