LITTERBUGS have been throwing away an extra ten tonnes of trash per day around Rugby as lockdown eases – with some even leaving human waste for others to clean up.
Rugby Borough Council (RBC) today (Wednesday July 1) dumped a pile of rubbish in Caldecott Park to highlight the huge increase in littering in Rugby’s parks.
Around a tonne of rubbish, which had been collected from town centre open spaces in just a two hour period earlier, was dumped off the back of a truck to illustrate the scale of the problem.
RBC parks and grounds manager Chris Worman said: “Not only are we seeing a big increase in littering, but we are also having to collect human waste.
“People may think that it’s only one bottle or can, but this shows that when taken together it is an enormous amount of waste.
“Every day we are collecting around ten tonnes of rubbish more than we would collect normally.
“Our parks and grounds team have been working incredibly hard during this pandemic, delivering food supplies to vulnerable residents and supporting the Foodbank, and now catching up with their usual tasks.
“Our parks and open spaces, and our staff, deserve to be treated with respect.”
Council environment and public realm spokesman Coun Howard Roberts said: “Our parks and open spaces have played a vital role during lockdown, providing a safe, welcoming environment for residents to enjoy.
“With the gradual relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, we have been disappointed with the behaviour of a minority, behaviour which has placed extra pressure on our staff and resources at a time when we’re still dealing with a national emergency.
“We want all our residents to be able to enjoy our parks and open spaces, so I’d urge all visitors to behave responsibly, consider others, take all litter home and adhere to the government guidance on social distancing and hygiene.
“I’d also like to thank everyone who has helped us by litter-picking at our parks in recent weeks, help which reflects the support we have received throughout the lockdown from the overwhelming majority of our community.”