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Park visitors urged to take rubbish home in bid to stop littering

Urban Green Newcastle is calling on members of the public to show their support for parks by taking their litter home after visiting Newcastle’s green spaces.

With lockdown rules relaxed allowing people to spend more time outside, there has been an increase in littering in many of Newcastle’s parks.

In response, Urban Green Newcastle has installed additional temporary bins and increased bin collections and litter picking, but the charity is urging visitors to its green spaces to help keep them safe and clean by disposing of rubbish in the bins provided, or if bins are full, disposing of litter at home.

James Cross, CEO of Urban Green Newcastle, said: “We’re enjoying some very warm weather at the moment which is understandably attracting lots of people to our parks and green spaces, which we are really pleased to see.

“Because of this we’re noticing a lot more litter in our parks, which is not being placed in the bins provided, or disposed of at home if the bins are full.

“To help combat this we have installed extra bins, arranged additional bin collections and litter picking, but it would be a huge help if our wonderful park users could support us, and the environment, by disposing of their litter in a responsible way.

“The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us all how important our green spaces are and it would be such a shame for them to be blighted by litter at a time when we need them the most.”

Temporary additional bins have been installed in Jesmond Dene, Gosforth Central Park and Heaton Park. Urban Green Newcastle’s park rangers are also litter picking whilst doing their daily patrols of the city’s parks. Park rangers will also be arranging local volunteer litter picks once it is safe to do so in the coming weeks.

James continued: “It would really help if people visiting our parks could take their litter home so our shared spaces stay vibrant and beautiful. Newcastle’s parks are amazing places and have a hugely positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Let’s keep them that way.”

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